Delay kills, Pre-COP15’ers
Published 17th November 2009 - 12 comments - 3350 views -
Today the two day Pre-COP15 ended. While ministers and diplomats were doing their thing inside, activists were waiting for them outside. Waiting for the brief chance to send their message as the "important" people would enter and exit the building.
I arrived just as the all-white WWF (I think) activists decided to leave. The politicians had sneaked in through the back door, evading the activists. Bummer.
So, a lot of what it means to be an activist is being ready to wait outside for two and a half hours - wearing a crazy outfit in the company of police and the main stream media brigade - for the next few minutes of opportunity as the politicians would leave again. Such as the all-red Climate Debt Agents did today.
Here is my video for you:
As you just saw, the activists had to scramble for the back door again, acting on an inside tip, I suppose. Only to see Connie Hedegaard stroll out the front door. They did manage a "Connie we're hoping for you!" shout (2:30). The rest of the delegates seemingly vanished into thin air or were hiding inside. So everyone outside left.
Later on Danish TV I saw Connie Hedegaard et al promise it'd be a very serious political agreement in December. One with a deadline for a legally binding agreement.
Browsing the official website all I see is also positive news. And, curiously, the Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme, Achim Steiner, giving a message very close to the activists':
"There is a moral hazard in any attempt to further delay action on climate change [...] Political leaders in Copenhagen will have to explain in a credible way to the two to three billion people who are living on the frontline of climate change why they could not reach a deal. [...] any delay has real cost implications in economic, social and human terms and those implications must be at the forefront of the people's minds as they go to Copenhagen." (UNEP chief: Delay at a cost)
The Climate Debt Agents are looking for more activists.
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