Climate Justice Now! Press Release from Bonn
Bonn, 12 June 2009
Press Release: Climate Justice Now!
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Blame Game Begins
Rich countries are launching a blame game to avoid their obligations and undermine the UN climate negotiations, according to members of the Climate Justice Now! coalition of civil society organisations. Their assessment comes at the end of the UN climate talks in Bonn, Germany.
The US has so far offered no reduction in its emissions compared to 1990 levels, while Japan announced a target that is just 8 per cent below 1990 levels. Such targets fall a long way short of the action needed to tackle dangerous climate change, and are further undermined by the use of carbon offsets which allow industrialised countries to avoid reducing their domestic greenhouse gas emissions.
“The industrialised countries portray the developing world as potential deal breakers, but the real roadblock remains their failure to address their historical and current responsibility for climate change on anything like the scale needed” says Chee Yoke Ling of Third World Network. “In fact, the developed countries are systematically trying to dismantle the Convention and wind back their Kyoto commitments.¨
“We find that the illiterates of our century are not those who cannot read or write but those who do not want to learn, un-learn and re-learn. And the champion of them all is Prime Minister Aso of Japan who cannot even read the science,¨ says Habtemariam Abate of the Pan African Climate Justice Alliance. “ Colonising the remaining atmospheric space is no basis for a just deal.”
In stark contrast developing countries tabled a number of positive proposals. The Alliance of Small Island States called on developed countries to commit to higher greenhouse gas reduction targets so that global temperature rise stays below 1.5ºC. Bolivia demanded repayment of the developed world’s climate debt. El Salvador and Paraguay were strong advocates for the protection of Indigenous Peoples´ rights.
Climate Justice Now! is an international alliance of over 200 organisations and movements.
Contact for Bonn: Chee Yoke Ling, Third World Network, +49 1520 6326564