Arthur Girling has been in Bolivia for Climate Radio and his report for ResonanceFM, is now available.
“When Bolivian President Evo Morales announced the summit two weeks after the UN meeting in Copenhagen, it could have been easily dismissed as an attention-grabbing stunt. Bolivia was one of the most vocal opponents of the ‘Copenhagen Accord’, the non-binding document that emerged on the last day of talks in 2009.
“But Morales got the timing right. After the cynicism and recriminations of the failed summit, civil society, climate campaigners and governments see hope in his positive message of rights and justice.
“Arthur Girling travelled to Cochabamba to learn about new political proposals from some of the world’s poorest countries. 48 minutes of political debate, music and talk of revolution from ‘the city of eternal spring’.”
Update: As of 11 May 2010 a new version of this programme has been uploaded, with some additional clean-up and post-production work by Arthur.
The World People’s Conference on Climate Change and Mother Earth Rights in Cochabamba, Bolivia (20-22 April) has now ended and the final declaration is now available as is a submission from Bolivia to the UN process.
According to the final conference press release, over 31,000 people from more than 140 countries attended including representatives from 48 national governments.
The conference resulted in proposals for:
- a world referendum on climate change
- the protection of the rights of Mother Earth
- a climate justice tribunal
- genuine ways forward at the UN climate talks
Arthur Girling has been in Bolivia for Climate Radio and his report for ResonanceFM, “The Bolivian Climate Revolution” is now available below. You might also be interested to check out the coverage on Democracy Now! and OneClimate.net plus Naomi Klein‘s comment piece in The Guardian.Conference Main Site: http://pwccc.wordpress.com/Conference Blog: http://peoplesconference.wordpress.com/Conference Live Webcast Site: http://envivo.cmpcc.org.bo/?lang=enDemocracy Now! Daily Broadcasts from Cochabamba: http://www.democracynow.org/OneClimate.net coverage: http://www.oneclimate.net/bolivia
The World Peoples’ Conference on Climate Change and Mother Earth Rights started today in Cochabamba in Bolivia (20th April) and runs until 22 April. The idea is to give a voice to all those members of civil society that were eventually excluded from last December’s UN conference in Copenhagen where national governments failed spectacularly and disastrously to solve the climate crisis. There are also representatives from 70 national governments – mainly those from the Least Developed Countries who are already suffering the impacts of climate change.
The objectives of the conference as listed in the original conference call are as follows:
Highlights from the second week of broadcasts selected and compiled by Ed Baxter.
About Copenhagen Daily. Climate Radio had a team of five people in Copenhagen: two inside the conference itself; two out on the streets reporting on the protests and covering the parallel People’s Summit or “Klimaforum”; and technical support from the award-winning comunity radio station ResonanceFM in London. The programmes have a running time of 60 minutes and were made by Phil England, Frederika Whitehead, Tom Besley, Arthur Girling and Ed Baxter. Read more about the team here. For other independent coverage try: What is COP15?, Democracy Now!, Climate Chronicle, Earthbeat Radio, YourClimateTV, Indymedia Climate Radio, New Internationalist, MCJ Newswire, ECO, Reel News, Climate Slamdown, Ecolabs and Indymedia Danmark.
Copenhagen Outcome: The rich world failed to come good on its obligations under the United Nations Framework Convention on Cimate Change which they signed up to in 1992. Instead President Barack Obama turned up to try and force everyone to sign up to a weak deal that was not worth the paper it was written on. The UNFCCC Secretariat and Ban-Ki Moon have been complicit in perpetuating the fiction that there was a deal when the conference merely agreed to note Obama’s “Copenhagen Accord” and to continue negotiating into next year. Another year passes and the world is still waiting for the rich world to put deep domestic cuts on the table (at least 45% by 2020 compared to 1990 and without offsets) as well as serious money to enable poor countries to adapt and develop in a low carbon way. Decisions adopted at COP15, Earth Negotiations Bulletin Summary (PDF).
As rich nations try to pressurise poor and vulnerable countries into accepting a bad deal rather than no deal at all, Phil and Frederika stay up all night and track the end game of the talks as they play out in the wee hours. Along the way you’ll hear from New Internationalist co-editor, Jess Worth; Kumi Naidoo, Greenpeace International Executive Director; UK Foreign Secretary, David Miliband; Ambassador Lumumba Di-Aping, Chair of the G77+China; and Deepak Rughani of Biofuelwatch and Climate Justice Now!. We also speak to one of the estimated nine people on the planet who genuinely understand the rich country-loophole known as LULUCF – Chris Henschel of Canadian Parks & Wilderness Society and Chair of the Climate Action Network’s working group on LULUCF. Thanks to Dutch reporter Ruben Koops for the use of his Miliband quote. Stop press: Contrary to what you may have heard, read or watched to the contrary, the UN climate summit has neither adopted the “Copenhagen Accords” nor struck an historic deal on climate change. The meeting has agreed to take note of the “Copenhagen Accords” and countries can add their names as supporters to the document. UN climate talks will continue to discuss this proposal along with other approaches. As of now there is no global deal on climate change.
As we enter the final hours of the conference we get an assessment of progress (or lack thereof) so far from award-winning journalist George Monbiot. Kate Dooley from Fern and the Accra Caucus gives us an update on the forestry text – it’s in constant flux, but there’s still a huge risk that this could end up being a mechanism which gives perverse incentives to the logging industry, offset opportunities for rich nations and tramples over the rights of indigenous peoples and other forest-dependent communities. Frederika Whitehead gives us an update on the false solutions that corporate lobbyists are pushing for inclusion into the Clean Development Mechanism and Tom Besley interviews an activist who has been at the receiving end of some of the heavy-handed policing that’s been going on here this week.
On today’s have an audio document of yesterday’s “Reclaim Power” action put together by Tom Besley and Arthur Girling. We also report on the drama inside the negotiations as the Heads of State section of these talks gets underway. Developing countries reject the idea of the Danish chair dropping another draft text into the negotiations. The US & EU effect an apparent coup in replacing the Algerian Chair of the African group with the Ethiopian Prime Minister. In his opening statement PM Zenawi announced that he had struck a deal, would be disappointing his fellow Africans and didn’t want $400bn of annual public finances from rich countries after all. Frederika Whitehead offers her thoughts about the increasing security here at the Bella Centre and Tom Besley sends some streetside audioboos.
We open today’s programme with Arthur Girling walking round Copenhagen’s squatted district Christiana with Tina Yanam. Tom and Arthur file a report on the Danish police unwarranted and heavy-handed disruption of the party in the Christiana Big Top that was designed to raise people’s spirits in advance of today’s action and where Naomi Klein was one of the speakers. To highlight the malign role of corporate lobbyists at the UN climate talks, a number of NGOs have created the Angry Mermaid Award. We bring you highlights of yesterday’s award ceremony. We have a brief interview with Pablo Solon, the Bolivian ambassador to the UN where he reveals that as of two days ago the entire G77+China is now supporting their Climate Debt proposal. The US envoy Todd Stern apparently reacted to this with some disdain in a press conference yesterday and none of the rich have put anything on the table that would go anyway towards meeting this demand. Hence the talks are in crisis. At a joint press conference yesterday the civil society groupings Climate Justice Now! and Climate Justice Action announced today’s day of non-violent civil disobedience which they are calling Reclaim Power. We have an edit of some of the voices from that press conference and we end with an interview by Tom Besley with director of The Third Pole in Tibet.We open today’s programme with Arthur Girling walking round Copenhagen’s squatted district Christiana with Tina Yanam. Tom and Arthur file a report on the Danish police unwarranted and heavy-handed disruption of the party in the Christiana Big Top that was designed to raise people’s spirits in advance of today’s action and where Naomi Klein was one of the speakers. To highlight the malign role of corporate lobbyists at the UN climate talks, a number of NGOs have created the Angry Mermaid Award. We bring you highlights of yesterday’s award ceremony. We have a brief interview with Pablo Solon, the Bolivian ambassador to the UN where he reveals that as of two days ago the entire G77+China is now supporting their Climate Debt proposal. The US envoy Todd Stern apparently reacted to this with some disdain in a press conference yesterday and none of the rich have put anything on the table that would go anyway towards meeting this demand. Hence the talks are in crisis. At a joint press conference yesterday the civil society groupings Climate Justice Now! and Climate Justice Action announced today’s day of non-violent civil disobedience which they are calling Reclaim Power. We have an edit of some of the voices from that press conference and we end with an interview by Tom Besley with director of The Third Pole in Tibet.
Head of the Potsdam Institute and climate change advisor to the German government, Professor John Schellnhuber gives his assessment on how aligned the talks are with science and what might constitue an equitable distribution of our remaining emissions budget. Tom Besley discovers the joys of cycling in Copenhagen and gets down to some axle grinding in preparation for tomorrow’s bike bloc on the Reclaim Power action. Frederika Whitehead lifts the lid on the corporate interests who are trying to designate carbon capture and storage (CCS), nuclear energy and incineration as clean technologies within the Clean Development Mechanism. Youth deconstruct the draft text on deforestation in a rendering of The Twelve Days of Christmas. Andrian Bebb of Friends of the Earth reminds us that the rich consuming nations need to curb consumption of meat and dairy and put an immediate moratorium on biofuels if we are to stop deforestation. We have a short report from the No Borders action which highlighted the plight of climate refugees. Saleemul Huq makes a plea for rich countries to drop their narrow-focus on the own national interests if we are to make Copenhagen a success. We end with “The Gluts Song” from the Climate Express train chorus.
We start today’s show with Tom & Arthur’s report on their journey on the Camp for Climate Action coach. We talk to the Rainforest Action Network’s policy and research director, Bill Barclay, on the status of the forestry discussions in the light of the draft text published here on Friday. We’ve got three more testimonials from representatives of the Global South that are here in Copenhagen at the People’s Summit or Klimaforum. We’ve got an extract from the Friends of the Earth press briefing discussing how the EU can make a 40% cut in greenhouse gas emissions by 2020 without using offsets. And we’ve got a report from yesterday’s the “Hit the Production” action at the port.