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By Amy Goodman

Climate experts predict that, as Earth's temperature increases, extreme weather events will become more frequent and severe. The Tyndall Center for Climate Change Research is a UK-based organization that brings together scientists and experts to research, assess and communicate the new realities brought about by global warming. Scientists from the Tyndall Center attended the United Nations climate change conference in Warsaw, Poland last week. Kevin Anderson is the deputy director of the center. Although Warsaw is only two hours by plane from Manchester, Anderson preferred to take the train, so he traveled for 23 hours.

“Carbon dioxide emissions from airplanes are quite emblematic of modern life, especially for the handful of rich people like us, and they symbolize what we do every day. We don't think twice about whether we generate more or less carbon emissions. I think to some extent scientists are doing an excellent job of showing the seriousness of the problem, but the language we have used has not demonstrated the seriousness of the matter to policy makers and that can be clearly seen here. In the large plenary sessions, ministers can be heard saying with their empty rhetoric: "We must do something about it." They are obvious. We can talk for hours, but science has shown that this process is misguided, ”said Professor Anderson.

The conference provides an opportunity for a member of the youth delegation to speak before the plenary session. This year, it was Marian Hussein Osman, a young Somali activist from Mogadishu, who spoke to those present: “While human existence is non-negotiable, you made a 21-year gamble regarding our future. In the last hours [of negotiations], ministers and delegates, I beg you not to allow Warsaw to become another Copenhagen. The greed and petty interests of a minority should not strip us of what are indisputably our inalienable human rights. At a time when our homes, our livelihoods and even our geophysical existence are at risk, greater ambition to combat climate change is not optional, but fundamental. "

Shortly before the end of the summit, around 800 people walked out of the negotiations and declared the Warsaw climate change conference the worst to date. They carried signs that read: "Polluters speak, we march", because the UN negotiations in Warsaw were, for the first time, co-sponsored by the coal and oil industries. As hundreds of activists and NGO representatives gathered in the hall of the Warsaw National Stadium (where the climate change summit took place) to leave the conference, Greenpeace International Executive Director Kumi Naidoo took the floor: “We have a message to our political leaders: understand that nature is non-negotiable. We cannot change science, we must change political will. They have the ability to do it, and they can no longer put it off. They must start doing it now. "

Those who left the conference also carried another message, the Spanish word “Volveremos”, together with the English translation: “We will be back”.


Jamie Henn of 350.org summed up the spirit of action to leave the conference and the collective promise of those who came together to strengthen grassroots movements globally: “I think the most important development right now is that some of the world's largest NGOs like WWF, Oxfam, Greenpeace, groups that have traditionally been involved in this process are saying 'We need to change tactics. We need to start thinking about the fossil fuel industry in another way. ' The message on the t-shirt reads: "Polluters speak, we march." I think coming out of the negotiations shows that there will be a new kind of commitment to really stand up to the fossil fuel industry, to run divestment drives, to oppose pipelines like Keystone XL - we're realizing that in order to make a breakthrough When it comes to climate, we cannot just attend conferences and ask political leaders to take action. We need to face the industry directly ”.

Denis Moynihan contributed to the journalistic production of this column. © 2013 Amy Goodman

Text in English translated by Mercedes Camps. Edition: María Eva Blotta and Democracy Now! in Spanish, [email protected]

Amy Goodman is the host of Democracy Now !, an international newscast that airs daily on more than 750 radio and television stations in English and more than 400 in Spanish. She is co-author of the book "Those who fight against the system: Ordinary heroes in extraordinary times in the United States", edited by Le Monde Diplomatique Cono Sur.

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Video: Quit the loose climate talk and lets get serious! (June 2022).


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