In Copenhagen, Negros Lead Walk-Out, Insist Global Leadership Keep It Real
…Thats cuz this conference of the parties being held in Copenhagen this week and last, is no joke. But for some reason rich countries want to act a fool, insisting that they won’t negotiate on climate drafts that would allow for global temperature increases of up to two degrees, and may not even adhere to the old skool Kyoto Protocol to boot! Thank god you white people have negros like us to share this planet with, reminding everyone that keepin’ it real is integral to the continued existance of humankind and so many beasts and bugs that we’re sharing this mossy astroid with.
COPENHAGEN: The main sessions of UN climate talks in Copenhagen were suspended on Monday in a protest led by African nations and the developing countries accusing rich countries of trying to wreck the existing UN Kyoto Protocol.
“This is a walk-out over process and form, not a walkout over substance, and that’s regrettable,” Australian Climate Change Minister Penny Wong said of the action.
The countries were angry that the conference was weakening in support for the Kyoto Protocol, the core emissions-curbing treaty, they said.
“They have walked out, I am advised, of the working groups,” one Western minister told AFP on condition of anonymity.
The minister added: “This is salvageable. It depends if people want to be constructive.”
The move was unleashed by African countries, which had the support of the G77 group (which represents 130 developing countries from around the Global South), they said.
They refused to continue negotiations unless talks on a second commitment period to the Kyoto Protocol were given priority over broader discussions on a “long-term vision” for cooperative action on climate change.
The Kyoto Protocol ties the rich countries — but not developing countries — that have ratified it to binding emissions curbs.
It does not include the United States, which says the Protocol is unfair as the binding targets do not apply to developing giants that are already huge emitters of greenhouse gases.
“Africa has pulled the emergency cord to avoid a train crash at the end of the week,” said Jeremy Hobbs, executive director of Oxfam International, referring to a summit on Friday due to be attended by about 120 heads of state or government.
“Poor countries want to see an outcome which guarantees sharp emissions reductions yet rich countries are trying to delay discussions on the only mechanism we have to deliver this — the Kyoto Protocol.”
The minister added that the G77, for the same reason, was also blocking an agreement, made yesterday, to have core problems at the climate talks addressed informally at ministerial level in five pools, each chaired jointly by a developing and developed country.
Yeah, its not like they didn’t let a buncha fools know that there were for real! This video from Nairobi TV was circulated through youtube like three or four days ago:
Meanwhile, the daily necessities of the out-of-town well-to-do (or well-to-dilly-dally-for-the-sake-of-profit-and-capital) is pushing Denmark past it limits.
Ms Jorgensen (who manages Copenhagen’s biggest limosine company) reckons that between her and her rivals the total number of limos in Copenhagen next week has already broken the 1,200 barrier. The French alone rang up on Thursday and ordered another 42. “We haven’t got enough limos in the country to fulfil the demand,” she says. “We’re having to drive them in hundreds of miles from Germany and Sweden.”
And the total number of electric cars or hybrids among that number? “Five,” says Ms Jorgensen. “The government has some alternative fuel cars but the rest will be petrol or diesel. We don’t have any hybrids in Denmark, unfortunately, due to the extreme taxes on those cars. It makes no sense at all, but it’s very Danish.”
The airport says it is expecting up to 140 extra private jets during the peak period alone, so far over its capacity that the planes will have to fly off to regional airports – or to Sweden – to park, returning to Copenhagen to pick up their VIP passengers.
As well 15,000 delegates and officials, 5,000 journalists and 98 world leaders, the Danish capital will be blessed by the presence of Leonardo DiCaprio, Daryl Hannah, Helena Christensen, Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Prince Charles. A Republican US senator, Jim Inhofe, is jetting in at the head of an anti-climate-change “Truth Squad.” The top hotels – all fully booked at £650 a night – are readying their Climate Convention menus of (no doubt sustainable) scallops, foie gras and sculpted caviar wedges.
Yo, aren’t rich people a hoot?!
Black Leaders: thanks for your bravery! Poor Countries: thanks for your solidarity!
Lets keep global temperature from going up up and away…
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