Climate activists protest in Durban against “worst COP” ever

Durban, South Africa, Dec. 5, 2011 — The International League of People’s Struggles (ILPS) along with other civil society groups held a protest action right in front of the International Convention Center, site of the ongoing 17th Conference of Parties (COP) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change negotiations in Durban, South Africa.

ILPS initiated today’s action to express its disgust on the talks that supposedly aims to steer the world towards a global solution to curb carbon emissions and address runaway global warming.

“The US, along with other developed countries, has been throwing the monkey’s wrench since the very start of the negotiations. We would not be surprised if this turns out to be the worst COP ever and we only have the US to blame for it,” says Clemente G. Bautista Jr., representative of People’s Action on Climate Change (PACC) and Oilwatch Southeast Asia.

Mr. Bautista was pertaining to attempts of the US to ram down its position to totally get rid of binding international commitments for developed countries to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, much less a 2ndcommitment period of the Kyoto Protocol, and instead seal the deal on a ‘pledge and review’ regime.

Wahu Kaara, the First Deputy General Secretary of the ILPS from Kenya, also conveyed her disgust that the dismal probable outcomes of the climate talks might happen in a continent that is severely affected by climate change. “It is unforgivable that the US together with other industrial countries who pollutes the world will have the temerity to sabotage the negotiations in a region where people are suffering from the worst impacts of the current global climate crisis.”

“Instead of acknowledging their historical responsibility and pay reparations for the pillage of Africa and rest of the underdeveloped world, the US and other developed countries are fierce in their push to turn climate financing into yet another tool to perpetuate its interests and facilitate even more business than usual for its corporations.

Ivan Torafing of the Indigenous Peoples Movement for Self-Determination and Liberation (IPMSDL) scored multinational companies for their continued plunder of indigenous communities through mining and other forms of development aggression that destroy not only the environment but also the sovereign rights of the indigenous people.

Torafing also added that, “in its pursuit of monopoly profits, transnational corporations and their governments continue to pump massive amounts of greenhouse gases (GHG) into the atmosphere. This is a recipe for the complete meltdown of the world’s ecosystems, and will result in more calamities, disasters, destruction, and deaths to entire communities and countries.”

The group called on all peoples to stage similar protest actions in their respective countries to expose the US and developed countries’ complicity in the UNFCCC negotiations. “It will not be surprising if even the palliative remedies that were gained in previous COPs will be lost. The US, along with its allies, are dead set on destroying this planet in the name of profit,” Mr. Bautista concluded.###

For reference:

Clemente G. Bautista Jr. – +277792870936

Teresa (ask for Wahuu Kaara) – +27767298893


CLEMENTE BAUTISTA
National Coordinator
Kalikasan People’s Network for the Environment (Kalikasan-PNE)
No.26 Matulungin St. Bgy. Central, Diliman, Quezon City, Philippines 1100
Tel. No. +63-2-9248756  Fax No. +63-2-9209099
Email: kalikasan.pne (AT) gmail (DOT) com
Website: www.kalikasan.org

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