I have to confess, I haven't achieved much today - illness and
tiredness have caught up with me. There's a virus doing the rounds of
delegates at the negotiations as we have all become more tired and
it's got me. So I've had a quiet day. When you're at something like
this, you don't want to waste a moment so it's easy to overwork and
it's also frustrating to feel less than 100%.
I missed the big event of the day when my Greenpeace colleagues set
off a large alarm outside the Maritim Hotel to highlight that failure
of countries, including New Zealand, to show the level of urgency
required to tackle climate change. There is no sense of urgency here whatsoever.
Subsequent reaction to the protest by delegates from countries has
varied from annoyance at the disruption to satisfaction that someone is
reminding delegates that there is a world out there.
Yesterday I mentioned New Zealand's efforts to undermine references to
the rights of indigenous people. Recent events in the Amazon show how
important protecting indigenous people's rights is. It appears that
the Peruvian police have massacred native Peruvians who live in the
forest so that the Government can offer the land large companies to
convert to farming and allow oil exploration. The Independent has a
story on it here:
After two weeks, it feels like the negotiations are not much
further ahead, which is a worrying signal of what may happen in
Copenhagen. It'll take a bit of effort from all of us to create the
momentum needed to get an effective climate-saving treaty in
New Zealand could show real leadership in these negotiations. As I've
written before, the New Zealand delegation is talented, capable and
effective. They just need new instructions from the Government and
the backing for a 40% target.