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Dec 10, 2008

Civil society against the world bank

by PhilLee — last modified Dec 10, 2008 12:00 AM
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Check out this video of the world bank demonstration in Poznan that Friends of the Earth International took part in.


Dec 09, 2008

No rest for the...

by Carlos García-Robles — last modified Dec 09, 2008 12:25 PM
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Too much nonsense in so little words

world-bank-bannerI had decided to take Monday off, but, guess what? Even though there are no formal negotiations today, I'm here at the conference attending all sorts of press conferences, side events and meetings. So much for taking it easy.


Here at the COP 14 most people are talking about CDMs, REDD, FCPF, LCA and..GEF. Hold on.. what!!?? No, I didn’t get it either. Uhh well, some of these things have to do with offsetting.. aha, yes ..well, this means for example that if I throw rubbish in my back yard, I can pay my poor neighbor some money so he doesn’t cut his grass so the wind can blow some of my rubbish in his backyard and then he keeps it there well hidden, because this would mean would mean... no I don’t know what it would mean!!


This is ridiculous, wouldn’t it be easier not to throw any trash at all? And in this case, stop emitting Co2??


To me it just sounds like legalized bribing to keep polluting so big business can keep making more profit and governments are letting this happen just because they are scared their economy will collapse. But then again, isn't this happening already??





youth, packages and action

by Georgie Burr — last modified Dec 09, 2008 12:15 PM
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Young Europeans show the EU the way forward

What a week it has been. I’ve observed various international meetings and side events, where the urgency of climate change is often stressed. Unfortunately, it seems countries and their delegates are not mirroring the seriousness of the situation with urgency of action.


As European youth, we decided that the EU needed a little prod in the right direction with their upcoming Climate and Energy package. If the EU announces a strong climate package, the whole negotiating machinery here would be massively boosted.


So, we made our own package, complete with emissions cuts of 40% by 2020 (all to come from inside the EU) and an adequate fund for developing countries for both adaptation and mitigation. We made this package in the conference centre to assorted media, international delegates and other youth accompanied by loud cheers, of course.


Click here to watch a video of our action.


In parallel we sent a letter to our MEP’s. In response we hope they'll be producing a strong climate and energy package asap.


It is easy to get caught up in all the politics of climate negotiations and forget the real reason for the conference taking place: potential climate catastrophe. It is inspiring to be with other youth who are not dispassionate about the situation. It’s a serious situation, time for urgent action.



Georgie is away. The equally young Bryn writes here.