As COP crashes, critics decry ’27 years of obstruction, delay and greenwashing’

ive here. Unfortunately, the COP’s very little production isn’t surprising. What may come as a surprise is more and more people are inciting climate inaction.

By Jessica Corbett. Originally published in Common Dreams

As the United Nations climate change conference in Sharm el-Sheikh continues, Egypt has been extended until at least Saturday, activists, scientists and others have expressed concern and frustration with “stalled” negotiations dominated by rich countries and fossil fuel lobbies.

“I remain concerned about the number of outstanding issues, including funding mitigation, accommodation, loss and damages, and the interconnections between them,” Sameh Shoukry, the Egyptian diplomat who serves as COP27 chair, told delegates at the International Conference Centre.

Mary Church, head of campaigns for Friends of the Earth Scotland, said in a statement: “As we race towards climate collapse, we are once again seeing rich countries trying to evade their responsibility to step up and do their fair share of climate action.”

“Extreme weather events wreak havoc around the world, the UK and US are echoing the mantra of keeping 1.5°C alive while doing exactly the opposite by continuing to expand harmful fossil fuel projects,” she noted, referring to the more ambitious target. exemplified by the 2015 Paris Agreement. “They have failed to increase the climate finance that they owe and that countries in the Global South need to adapt to and recover from the effects of global warming.”

Meanwhile, Church continued, “the great polluters who have brought climate to breaking point are cynically negotiating the future of people and planet in order to reap a few extra years of business-as-usual profits, by pushing dangerous imaginary tech-fixes and natural fixes that subvert human rights.”

“There is nothing short of a complete transformation of our economic system and a phase-out of fossil fuels to avoid total climate collapse,” she stressed. “World leaders lack the political will to take action, but people everywhere are rising up and fighting dirty energy projects and putting in place realistic societal solutions that can deliver climate justice.”

Young activists joined the weekly global youth climate strikes, and marched in Sharm El-Sheikh with a message to the countries of the Global North: “Don’t just say, push!”

The division between the two sides was evident. “The top polluters have continued to obstruct and delay minimal funding through bad climate finance mechanisms such as the Global Shield,” said Fatima Sultan of Friday for the Future Pakistan. Watchman.

“Coming from a country like mine, Pakistan, which does not even emit 1% of global emissions, we are not talking here about the loss and damage of tomorrow, we are talking about those of yesterday, today, and my tomorrow,” the activist added.

Brian O’Callaghan, Principal Investigator and Project Director of the Oxford Economic Recovery Project, suggested that “If the COP were a football rivalry, it would be among the most lopsided. Fossil fuel concerns: 27, humanity: 0.”

as such Shared dreams No fewer than 636 fossil fuel lobbyists were registered at this year’s conference, up 25% from COP26 in Glasgow, Scotland last year.

“There have been successes, but for the most part, it’s been 27 years of obstruction and delay and greenwashing,” O’Callaghan said. “The world is already moving faster than COPs – we need to double down on that trend.”

“In many ways, ambition under climate treaties has declined since the establishment” of the 1992 United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), noting the “commitment of developed countries to drive all forms of mitigation and adaptation,” the expert explained.

“Today, developed countries are doing everything they can to avoid this promise,” he added. “The multilateral system is built on trust – every year developed countries are eroding that trust.”

The main focus of COP27 was loss and damage (L&D) financing. Countries in the Global South are pressing for a fund to help them deal with devastating climate disasters.

While acknowledging his “reluctance” to deviate from “existing tools,” the European Commission’s executive vice-president, Frans Timmermans, unveiled the proposal early Friday, saying that since members of the Group of 77 are “very attached to a fund, we agreed.”

Mary Robinson, Chair of The Elders and former President of Ireland, was among those who welcomed the EU proposal. It “puts us on the cusp of a historic breakthrough,” she said, adding, “We have gone from not having loss and damage funding on the agenda for COP 27 to having a fund, mechanism and stream of funding at our fingertips.”

“For me, this is a huge concession and a major breakthrough,” said Seif Bainyu, Tuvalu’s Minister of Finance. “Hopefully, it will end up in the text of the cover decision.”

However, the G-77 negotiator, who asked not to be named, was not impressed Watchman It is a predictable attempt by the EU to break up the G-77 in the talks. Of course, this is not a hack. They are just repeating their original negotiating position by making it look like a compromise when they know full well that it is not. It’s completely deceptive.”

Brandon Wu, head of policy and campaigns at ActionAid USA, was similarly critical at the Demand Climate Justice press conference on Friday, saying that “the EU Loss and Damage Fund proposal is a compromise that includes a number of poison pills.”

“Not only does it narrow the scope of who can receive the money, but it also widens the number of countries required to pay into the pot — an abdication of responsibility. Developed countries have failed to live up to their climate finance commitments, the most obvious being the $100 billion target,” Wu said.

While developed countries agreed at COP15 in 2009 to commit $100 billion annually to climate action in the global south by 2020 — a pledge they have not yet fulfilled — the climate clock presented at this year’s summit, based on research by the Center for Global Development, condemns Global North with approximately $31.8 trillion in loss and damage financing.

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