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Copenhagen blog 14: Join the movement

By Guest, 20 December 2009

Tim Jones, used to be policy officer

From Copenhagen

Last night I had my first decent sleep since Sunday. Having been stuck in the Bella Centre for most of the week, yesterday was the first time I had been out in daylight since last Monday.

I am one of the lucky ones; when final negotiations were happening on Saturday morning, Ed Miliband probably hadn't slept since Wednesday night.

It was into this tiredness that President Obama cast his judgement on the fate of millions of people. Late on Friday, he announced to the world's media that a consensus deal had been struck. With reports of a 'meaningful' deal on the front pages of a major news website, the propoganda war had begun.

But it soon became apparent that the President had lied to the world. The 'deal' was between just four countries . The EU couldn't decide what it thought. Most developing countries were in complete confusion about what was happening.

I joined queues of people at photocopiers in the Bella Centre trying to get their hands on 'the deal'. I thought I was out of the loop, until I saw many country negotiators behind me trying to find out what had been agreed in their name.

Last week we predicted Copenhagen would resort to shameful bribery. Rich countries would make small amounts of money available now in return for poor  countries signing-on to an agreement with weak emission reduction targets. This was not quite right; the targets were not weak but non-existent.

On Saturday morning several developing countries such as Tuvalu and Bolivia pointed out the Emperor has no clothes. They prevented the 'deal' being adopted as a UN agreement. We will see in time how many countries actually sign-on to the Obama Accord.

This shameful episode reached its climax on Saturday morning when Ed Miliband told developing countries to sign-on "so the money can start flowing". International climate negotiations have not just become like the WTO but have surpassed them for bribery and bullying.

The media has focussed on a deal being struck, but you can read here what it actually consists of.

If negotiations between international leaders were the only way to tackle climate change we would be in big trouble. Thankfully they are not. In the UK we have been stopping coal power stations and passing climate acts regardless. What we have seen in Copenhagen is a global climate justice movement being formed which  can campaign in unity for climate debt to be paid.

Gordon Brown and Ed Miliband think that in Copenhagen they have got away with giving small amounts of money in a brown envelope, which are mainly loans, and will be controlled by the World Bank and their paymasters in Europe and the US.

From January 2010, with our allies in the global south, we need to show them how wrong they are. Join us.

 

 

 

 

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