Summit urged to address causes of climate change

By Staff on December 19, 2014


The conference attracted wide-ranging media coverage. Photo: Paolo Aguilar/EPA.

WACC corporate member IBON International covered a major climate change conference in Lima, Peru, including a “people’s climate march” that urged leaders to get to the root causes of environmental issues.

The 20th Conference of Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC COP 20) met from Dec. 1 to 14.

On Dec. 10, “an estimated 20,000 people from all across the globe marched … through the streets of central Lima, with calls for “Cambiemos el sistema, no el clima!” (system change, not climate change!”) wrote IBON International in one of its updates from the conference.

The march organizers, according to IBON, said the ministers meeting in Lima should forge “a just deal that will actually address the root causes of runaway climate change.”

It concluded in downtown Lima, “where different speakers spoke out loudly against corrupt governments that work in collusion with transnational corporations and international financial institutions, the resistance and struggle of people against destructive infrastructure projects and dirty energy, and increasing human rights violations and criminalization of environmental defenders.”

At the summit, reported IBON in another update, COP 20 President Manuel Pulgar-Vidal cited four key developments in the run-up to the meeting:

  1. the historic announcements made by the United States and China regarding emissions reduction,
  2. the successful climate summit in New York last September,
  3. the auspicious capitalization of the Green Climate Fund,
  4. the crucial report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) that lays the scientific basis for the urgency to undertake climate action.

U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki Moon said that combatting climate change is an essential part of the foundation of sustainable development, and stressed that “climate finance cannot be treated separately from development finance.”

IBON International is based in Quezon City, Philippines and its mission is to provide “capacity development of peoples’ movements around the world for human rights and democracy.”


By Staff| December 19, 2014
Categories:  News
Keywords:  Climate Justice

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