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  • "Red Carpet Four" -- Our Heros!

    Blogpost by nidhi - 29 December, 2009 at 13:16 3 comments

    In Copenhagen, leaders didn't make history--but the world's people did. A year of unprecedented action on climate change reached never before seen heights in the last two weeks: Thousands upon thousands of vigils, rallies, and protests, floods of phon... Read more >

  • Crosses and Crossroads

    Blogpost by Sasha - 23 December, 2009 at 15:31 4 comments

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    Something was rotten in the state of Denmark, and its stench wafted all the way to Hong Kong. On Monday, 20 of our activists erected 100 crosses and held a minute of silence at the Cenotaph in the city's Central district to mourn t... Read more >

  • World leaders failed us in Copenhagen but we can't let hope sink.

    Blogpost by arook - 21 December, 2009 at 15:03 6 comments

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    Two days after the Copenhagen meeting came to a close, Greenpeace activists protested in Chapultepec Lake , Mexico City, enacting a future disaster scenario for Mexico after the failure of the COP15. The banners read 'Politicians You Failed Now solve... Read more >

  • Copenhagen - Historic failure that will live in infamy

    Blogpost by Lisa - 20 December, 2009 at 18:30 3 comments

    shame.jpgSpontaneous demonstration by NGOs outside the UN Climate Summit in Copenhagen, after world leaders failed to agree on a fair, ambitious and binding treaty. © Greenpeace/Myllyvirta

    The following piece is written by one of our UK climate campaigners, Joss Garman, and published in the Independent

    The most progressive US president in a generation comes to the most important international meeting since the Second World War and delivers a speech so devoid of substance that he might as well have made it on speaker-phone from a beach in Hawaii. His aides argue in private that he had no choice, such is the opposition on Capitol Hill to any action that could challenge the dominance of fossil fuels in American life. And so the nation that put a man on the Moon can't summon the collective will to protect men and women back here on Earth from the consequences of an economic model and lifestyle choice that has taken on the mantle of a religion.

    Then a Chinese premier who is in the process of converting his Communist nation to that new faith (high-carbon consumer capitalism) takes such umbrage at Barack Obama's speech that he refuses to meet – sulking in his hotel room, as if this were a teenager's house party instead of a final effort to stave off the breakdown of our biosphere.

    Late in the evening, the two men meet and cobble together a collection of paragraphs that they call a "deal", although in reality it has all the meaning and authority of a bus ticket, not that it stops them signing it with great solemnity.

    Obama's team then briefs the travelling White House press pack – most of whom, it seems, understand about as much about global-climate politics as our own lobby hacks know about baseball. Before we know it, The New York Times and CNN are declaring the birth of a "meaningful" accord.

    Meanwhile, a friend on an African delegation emails to say that he and many fellow members of the G77 bloc of developing countries are streaming into the corridors after a long discussion about the perilous state of the talks, only to see Obama on the television announcing that the world has a deal.

    It's the first they've heard about it, and a few minutes later, as they examine the text, they realise very quickly that it effectively condemns their continent to a century of devastating temperature rises.

    By now, the European leaders – who know this thing is a farce but have to present it to their publics as progress – have their aides phoning the directors of civil society organisations spinning that the talks have been a success.

    A success? This deal crosses so many of the red lines laid out by Europe before this summit started that there are scarlet skid marks across the Bella Centre, and one honest European diplomat tells us this is a "shitty, shitty deal". Quite so.

    This "deal" is beyond bad. It contains no legally binding targets and no indication of when or how they will come about. There is not even a declaration that the world will aim to keep global temperature rises below C. Instead, leaders merely recognise the science behind that vital threshold, as if that were enough to prevent us crossing it.

    The only part of this deal that anyone sane came close to welcoming was the $100bn global climate fund, but it's now apparent that even this is largely made up of existing budgets, with no indication of how new money will be raised and distributed so that poorer countries can go green and adapt to climate change.

    I know our politicians feel they have to smile and claim success; they feel that's the only way to keep this train on the tracks. But we've passed that point –... Read more >

  • Copenhagen is over, but we're not done yet

    Blogpost by Jamie - 19 December, 2009 at 17:06 1 comment

    Delegates take a break during the final day of the Copenhagen climate change summit

    It's over. The fifteenth session of the Conference of the Parties has this afternoon officially drawn to a close (or rather all but collapsed), but what are we left with? Very little is the honest answer and, no matter how the politicians spin it or h... Read more >

  • "This is a wake-up call for us"

    Blogpost by Jamie - 19 December, 2009 at 15:21 1 comment

    Late last night, after the results of negotiations by the world's leaders became known, Kumi Naidoo - Greenpeace International executive director - took part in a press conference organised by the Climate Action Network. There he spelled out what the ... Read more >

  • Drowned rats

    Blogpost by mikeg - 19 December, 2009 at 0:21 5 comments

    World leaders are scurrying to the Copenhagen airport like rats fleeing a sinking ship. You’d think they were all in the Maldives right now or something, and they could see the water closing in over their heads (if you’ll permit me to mix a couple met... Read more >

  • World leader cop-out leads to failure

    Blogpost by Jamie - 18 December, 2009 at 23:45 2 comments

    Demonstrators in Copenhagen call Climate Shame on world leaders

    It's a gut-busting, heart-breaking cop-out and I'm so very, very angry although sadly not very surprised. The exhaustion we're all feeling in the Greenpeace team only adds to the appalling sense of frustration - our leaders swanned in and let us all d... Read more >

  • Copenhagen: Blow by blow

    Blogpost by Lisa - 18 December, 2009 at 17:25 2 comments

    Yvo.jpgYvo de Boer, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

    While we're waiting to hear the announcements from Copenhagen - here's a blow by blow account of what's happened at the Summit so far - written by M... Read more >

  • Keeping up on the inside when you're on the outside

    Blogpost by Jamie - 18 December, 2009 at 17:09 1 comment

    Minute by minute, the situation in Copenhagen keeps on changing and it's difficult to keep track of just how far things have slid and where the ray of shining hope will come from. With most of the Greenpeace team working from offices in the city centr... Read more >

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