Coping with Copenhagen
As predicted, the European Union refuses to pony up adaptation funding for poor countries. It says it will decide in October. Great, that’s really going to build trust with developing countries currently suffering from our previous emissions.
On June 25 Gordon Brown and Ed Miliband visit London Zoo (as if they didn’t meet enough vicious dumb animals in the Cabinet and the Commons) to launch the “Road Map to Copenhagen” with the usual guff about 50% cut by 2050, peak by 2020, bit of money for adaptation (see above). “He also called for aviation and maritime emissions to be part of the Copenhagen agreement, and for forestry to become part of the carbon trading market in a bid to prevent deforestation.” All this undercut somewhat by the Sustainable Development Commission pointing out that “Britain remains the EU’s second-largest emitter of greenhouse gases and is not on track to meet its target of a 20 per cent reduction in CO2 emissions by 2010.”
Essential reading: “de-mobilisation: avoiding the post-cop doldrums.” Find it on www.thechangeagency.org
Two new campaigns to be aware of (they are springing up like daisies) Tck tck tck is “an unprecedented global alliance of non-government organizations, trade unions, faith groups and people like you—all calling for an ambitious, fair and binding climate change agreement. www.tcktcktck.org
The Guardian reported that a bunch of advertising agencies has got together with the UN to launch a “Hopenhagen” campaign. And this segues nicely into the next item, (and we quote)
“The first ads will be displayed this week at the Cannes Lions festival in France and at London Heathrow airport, Los Angeles airport and John F Kennedy International airport.”