COP15, Day 4

By Kelly Gulbrandson, UpTake intern.

 

Hello everyone! The fourth day of the Copenhagen Climate Conference was an exciting one.

 

First, a few nations urged the passage of a multibillion-dollar fund to help out poorer countries deal with climate change.  The push for this fund, which would include strong European nations as well as the U.S., was discussed today as a way to show how important Washington sees this problem. It will be one of the things President Obama will discuss during his visit.

 

From an AP article on the subject: “While some nations are taking this as a sign that the more industrialized nations are noticing the need for help to the developing nations, some are pressing the U.S., Europeans, Japanese and others for more upfront money and for assurances about long-term financing. This way it the fund wouldn’t be considered a short-lived promise.”

 

In other news, there is more discussion over the proposed Danish text about climate control that has caused controversy among delegates of different countries.

From Swamp Politics: “The proposal in question includes commitments for greenhouse gas reductions by developing countries and a reduced role for the United Nations in climate policy, well before the summit began.”

 

“It was unclear if everyone in the room agreed to every provision,” according to the article in the Los Angeles Times. The text itself is creating a growing rift between developed and developing countries since it puts more of a burden of the less developed countries to control climate changes.

 

Also, it looks as though the Kyoto Protocol will survive the conference despite delegations trying to beat down the agreement.

 

The United Nations Climate Chief, Yvo de Boer, will continue depsite its unpopularity among the rich nations. Ther 12 year-old agreement that was signed in China is one of the major climate control policies created back in its time.

According to the United Nations website: “The major feature of the Kyoto Protocol is that it sets binding targets for 37 industrialized countries and the European community for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. It is set to expire in 2012, prompting debate from different delegations to discuss continuing it or dumping it.”


As far as protests for Day 4, there weren’t many noticable protests but local police and businesses are preparing for major protestes planned for Friday and Saturday.

According to The UpTake (that’s us!), the biggest action will be a six-kilometer march under the slogan “People First — Planet First.”  More than 115 organizations have endorsed the protests, which will demand the richest countries to “take the urgent and resolute action needed to prevent the catastrophic destabilization of the global climate.”

It will take place on December 12, midway through the Copenhagen conference. Organizers have called for the date to be a global day of protest.

 

So stay tuned to see what happens tomorrow and the weekend.

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