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A day of action against false climate change negotiations

Rebecca Poswolsky • Dec 06, 2010

The climate negotiations taking place in Cancun, Mexico represent an exclusive dialogue around environmental issues.  Many groups and organizations are taking a stand for more inclusive and real solutions to global environmental climate change.  As a result, there will be a day of action on Tuesday, December 7 to address the “market-based” solutions that the Conference promotes.

The 2010 United Nations Climate Change Conference is being held in Cancun, Mexico, from November 29 to December 10, 2010.  The conference serves as the meeting ground to follow-up on Kyoto Protocol commitments, aimed at addressing climate change. The 2009 United Nations Climate Change Conference extended the mandates to further commitments of the Kyoto Protocol and long-term cooperative action under the Convention.

Many are critiquing the negotiations from the failed attempt last year in Copenhagen.  From Aljazeera news,

“It is hard to identify who was to blame for the failure of last year’s Copenhagen summit, but the high stakes and mistrust among participants did not help to create an atmosphere that was conducive to open discussions…This time around, the participants have realized that it is not in their interests to create high hopes for an agreement.”

Even the latest news from WikiLeaks provides insight into the negotiations’ projected failures, “The European Union‘s new president, Herman Van Rompuy, has predicted ‘disaster’ at the latest crucial round of global climate change negotiations in Mexico and voiced relief that he stayed away from the Copenhagen summit a year ago.”

Also according to Common Dreams, “The 140 nations represent almost 75% of the 193 countries that are parties to the UN climate change convention and, accord supporters like to point out, are responsible for well over 80% of current global greenhouse gas emissions.”

There are other ways to address climate change that are inclusive and not doomed for failure.  We must address and re-define our interests in protecting the earth on our terms. Instead of allowing exclusive dialogue, we must include voices that believe in defending and discussing steps forward to preserve the earth rather than exclude people from the table altogether.

Tomorrow, December 7, 2010 there will be an International Day of Action.  The day of action is being endorsed by the Indigenous Environmental Network.  It calls “on Indigenous peoples, communities and supporters in the U.S. and Canada to mobilize on December 7, 2010 to reject false market-based distractions and to instead adopt real people-centered solutions to climate change.”

To support inclusive dialogue on climate change, participate in the day of action.

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