As the Copenhagen COP enters its second week, the Global Greens today called for an honest climate agreement, based on science not tricky accounting.
The Global Greens are concerned that rich nations are building loopholes into the agreement to give the appearance of strong targets without the reality.
Land-use and forestry in particular are being used as let-out clauses to avoid actual emission reductions, according to the Global Greens Coordination, which includes representatives from Asia Pacific, African, American and European Green parties.
Tackling climate change is crucial for a sustainable future for people and the environment. The Global Greens therefore call on the world's leaders to agree on in the next five crucial days:
1. Targets to limit global warming to 2 degrees C or less.
2. Clear 2020 targets for developed countries of at least a 40% reduction in emissions below 1990 levels, with an interim assessment point in 2014.
3. Commitment of substantial new funding by developed countries for mitigation and adaptation by developing countries, including reducing deforestation and degradation. This is in part recognition of the historic responsibility of developed countries for past emissions.
4. Exclusion of carbon capture and storage from the Clean Development Mechanism, and rejection of nuclear power altogether.
5. Strong pro-active measures to protect biodiversity, water and nature, whilst respecting the rights of local communities.
The COP15 should commit to finalizing a legally binding agreement in 2010 covering these and other issues, building on the Kyoto Protocol.
Leading Global Green politicians came together in Copenhagen last night at KlimaForum09. They included: Marina Silva, Wangari Maathai, Jose Bove, Christine Milne, Elizabeth May and Rebecca Harms.
Contact: Tim Hollo on 0437 587 562