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Copenhagen Watch 3

By Katharine Talbot, 17 December 2009

Voices silenced in Denmark - take action now

The Danish government is trying to silence voices calling for climate justice in Copenhagen. Protesters have suffered from police brutality, tear gas and indiscriminate arrests. Delegates have been refused entry en masse, keeping climate justice voices away from governments and the media. The Danish Prime Minister is trying to force an unjust and ineffective agreement on developing countries, outside of the transparent process. We need you to take action now to hold Denmark to account for its actions.

1) Email the Danish Embassy to express your outrage at their handling of negotiations - lonamb@um.dk

2) There will be a protest at 16:00 today (Thursday 17 December) at the Danish Embassy in London, 55 Sloane Street, London, SW1X 9SR. Please be there if you can.

3) The negotiations in Copenhagen are stalled because rich countries are refusing to take any significant action to cut their emissions. Please call radio phone ins, and leave comments on websites, pointing out that:

The EU has offered to cut its own emissions by just 10 per cent on 1990 levels by 2020*

The US has not offered to cut its own emissions at all on 1990 levels by 2020

The US emits 20 tonnes of carbon dioxide per person. The UK emits 10 tonnes. China emits 4 tonnes. India emits 1 tonne.

Do not let rich countries blame the lack of progress in Copenhagen on developing countries. Rich countries have caused climate change, rich countries are responsible for cleaning up the mess.

*The EU has offered to cut emissions by 20 per cent, well short of the more than 40 per cent required. However, half of these reductions can take place by buying dodgy carbon offset rather than actually cutting the EU’s emissions. Therefore, the EU’s true pledge is to cut by 10 per cent on 1990 levels. That is 10 per cent over the course of thirty years…

 

Email text to Ambassador [email lonamb@um.dk ]

FAO: Ambassador Birger Riis-Jørgensen

Dear Ambassador,

I am appalled at the behaviour of the Danish government regarding the climate change negotiations in Copenhagen.

Protesters have suffered from police brutality, tear gas and indiscriminate arrests. Delegates have been refused entry en masse, keeping climate justice voices away from governments and the media. Prime Minister Rasmussen is trying to force an unjust and ineffective agreement on developing countries, outside of the transparent process.

My image of Denmark as an open and tolerant society has been fundamentally changed. The attempted silencing of dissent will shape how Denmark is viewed for many years to come.

I call on you to tell the Prime Minister Rasmussen to:
1) Stop trying to foist unfair agreements on developing countries. There can be no just and effective agreement in Copenhagen until rich countries make serious commitments to reduce their own emissions.

2) Allow civil society observers back into the convention centre to hold governments to account for agreements made in our name. There should be no agreements made about us without us.

3) Immediately stop police brutality and indiscriminate arrests, and release the climate political prisoners.

In the next 24 hours the Danish government can choose to reverse its policies, stand up for climate justice, and rebuild its decimated international reputation.

Yours sincerely,
 

FAO: Ambassador Birger Riis-Jørgensen

FAO: Ambassador Birger Riis-Jørgensen Dear Ambassador, I am appalled at the behaviour of the Danish government regarding the climate change negotiations in Copenhagen. Protesters have suffered from police brutality, tear gas and indiscriminate arrests. Delegates have been refused entry en masse, keeping climate justice voices away from governments and the media. Prime Minister Rasmussen is trying to force an unjust and ineffective agreement on developing countries, outside of the transparent process. My image of Denmark as an open and tolerant society has been fundamentally changed. The attempted silencing of dissent will shape how Denmark is viewed for many years to come. I call on you to tell the Prime Minister Rasmussen to: 1) Stop trying to foist unfair agreements on developing countries. There can be no just and effective agreement in Copenhagen until rich countries make serious commitments to reduce their own emissions. 2) Allow civil society observers back into the convention centre to hold governments to account for agreements made in our name. There should be no agreements made about us without us. 3) Immediately stop police brutality and indiscriminate arrests, and release the climate political prisoners. In the next 24 hours the Danish government can choose to reverse its policies, stand up for climate justice, and rebuild its decimated international reputation. Yours sincerely, Kay Harvey

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