#24: Climate Debt

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Any just approach to climate change must ensure that those who have benefited in the course of causing climate change compensate the victims of climate change – Third World Network, 2009

What do we need to do to escape the current deadlock at the UN climate talks? Rich countries need to start acknowledging their historical responsibility for climate change and their capacity to pay for adaptation and mitigation measures in poor countries. They need to start bringing targets to the table that are adequate from the point of view of both science and fairness. As the call for rich countries to repay their climate debt grows louder, we speak to Matthew Stilwell, author of Climate Debt: A Primer, for a sharp analysis of what’s needed to seal a fair climate deal.

Repay the climate debt: A just and effective outcome for Copenhagen (TWN, 2 June 2009)
Version with signees as at 4 June
Bolivia’s leader pushes rich nations for climate adaptation funds (Grist, 30 April 2009)
Bolivia’s formal submission to the UN on climate debt (pp.44-51, UNFCCC, May 2009)
Hang Together or Separately? (Oxfam International, 11 June 2009)
Europe’s finance stalemate threatens global deal (Action Aid, 8 June, 2009)
EU finance ministers send worrying signal to global climate talks (Christian Aid, 9 June, 2009)
European Financing for Adaptation decision postponed (9 June, 2009)
CAN International letter to G8 leaders on financing and position paper (8 June, 2009)
Air travel levy could fund climate fight (Guardian, 8 June 2009)
Halfway to Copenhagen, no way to 2C (Nature Reports Climate Change, 11 June 2009)
Evo Morales 20 point plan for addressing climate change (November 2008)

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