Submission to Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen: Time to be Bold

Submission to Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen: Time to be Bold

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Global Compliance Research Project


Joan Russow (PhD) Canada GlobalComplianceResearch

Richard Levicki (MSc) England GlobalComplianceResearch


The time for procrastination about Climate change has long since passed; the world is in a state of emergency and Inaction is negligence

Solutions for state of emergency will lie in the political will to address climate change within the complexity and interdependence of guaranteeing human

rights, ensuring social justice, protecting and conserving the environment and ecosystems, reducing the ecological footprint, and moving away from the current overconsumptive model of development, and preventing war and conflict:

While the threat of climate change has been obvious to most scientists for five decades, the industrialised world as the major contributor to greenhouse gas emissions has refused to address the urgency of the crisis. Largely coerced into this position by developed-world industry, industry front groups, industry-funded academics, Industry-controlled states have failed not only to address the urgency of the crisis through enacting effective legislation, but also to even consider the sufficient resources that will be required to protect the poor and most vulnerable from the current and future impacts of climate change. In addition, they have failed to consider the need to assist low-lying states and Small Island developing states that have already been impacted by climate change, and to compensate the global displacement of people resulting from climate change.

In Copenhagen, rather than descending to the lowest common denominator in assessing climate targets and time frames in all international negotiating arenas, member states of the United Nations must adopt the strongest percentage targets and timeframes advocated to best address the urgency.

The UNFCCC stated that “stabilization of greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere must be at a level that would prevent dangerous anthropogenic interference with the climate system”

This level equates to a target of below 1c, which is the point at which global systems, on land, water and air will be so affected as to destabilise societies.

Because of the global urgency, there must be the political will to strive to be below 1c degree rise in temperature from pre-industrial levels (Bill Hare) and adequate timeframes should be imposed, so that overall global emissions will begin to be reversed as of 2010, a phase-out to at least, 30% of 1990 levels, by 2015, 50% of 1990 levels by 2020, and 95 % of 1990 levels by 2050, taking into account the precautionary principle, and the differentiated responsibility principle, and the fair and just transition principle.

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~ by Cory Morningstar on October 27, 2009.

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