The historic Paris COP21 climate deal will be remembered for emitting a lot of hot gas, and trying to conceal a parallel agenda.
According to activists, COP21 might have sealed the planet’s fate, by manipulating her resources.
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The big corporations who manipulate government policies have triumphed at Paris at the cost to the planet and the unfortunate people who are now at the mercy of the rich countries of the west.
“The Paris accord is a trade agreement, nothing more. It promises to privatize commodity and sell forested lands as carbon offsets in fraudulent schemes such as REDD+ projects. Essentially, those responsible for the climate crisis not only get to buy their way out of compliance but they also get to profit from it as well.”
On Saturday night, 195 countries agreed on a climate deal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions after two weeks of painful negotiations at the Paris COP21.
Host country France celebrated the “historic, universal and binding agreement,” according to France’s Ecuador Ambassador Francois Gauthier.
U.S. President Barack Obama said it’s “the best chance to save the one planet we have.”
If Obama is right, we should be worried.
“What they have done in terms of (Saturday’s) agreement is really signed what we are calling a death warrant for the planet,” Cindy Weisner, national coordinator for Grassroots Global Justice Alliance, told teleSUR English. “I think for people it’s a slow death that they are prescribing.”
Nick Dearden, director of Global Justice Now, a U.K.-based social justice organization, cast much of the blame on the U.S., EU, and other rich nations for passing such a toothless deal.
“It’s outrageous that the deal that’s on the table is being spun as a success when it undermines the rights of the world’s most vulnerable communities and has almost nothing binding to ensure a safe and liveable climate for future generations,” said Dearden.
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While many in the climate justice movement acknowledged that this year’s climate deal is an improvement from the past, the dire projections from the scientific community about our impending climate catastrophe suggests too little, too late, as climate scientists have made clear that failure to reduce warming to below 2 degrees Celsius would end human life as we know it on the planet. While the agreement aspires to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius, it lacks concrete measures supposed to meet the proposed target – and there is an absence of any mention about fossil versus renewable energies, thanks to a successful industry lobbying.
Center for International Environmental Law President Carroll Muffett casts much of the blame on corporations’ stranglehold over governments and policy debates, especially with domineering countries such as the United States.
“The fossil fuel industry’s lingering chokehold over U.S. politics leaves the Paris Agreement a nearly empty vessel,” said Muffett.
He said the deal is “inadequate” and “inequitable.”
“The Agreement’s vision of a world ‘well below 2 degrees’ of warming moves the needle forward, but its weak commitment to ‘pursue efforts’ to limit warming to 1.5 degrees reflects a continued denial of fundamental climate realities,” added Muffett.
The Paris deal also failed to create an international court judging transnational crimes against environment – one of civil society’s demands, also championed by Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa. Furthermore, the “loss and damage” component, supposed to fund the most vulnerable countries that have little responsibility in climate change, fell far from the expectations.
“The issue of loss and damage was a clear point of contention throughout the negotiations. Developing countries called for a deal which would offer support to people suffering the catastrophic consequences of rising sea levels and soaring temperatures,” said ActionAid Chief Executive Adriano Campolina. “The U.S. and several other rich countries instead took the opportunity of the Paris talks to deny people this right putting them at their mercy for dealing with climate change impacts.
Friends of the Earth President Erich Pica said that moving forward the strategy will be to challenge President Obama through a new campaign called “Keep it in the ground,” which calls for a moratorium on all new possible fuel leasing in the United States.
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