Latest draft of Paris climate deal unacceptable – Asian movements
PARIS, 11 December 2015 – Asian activists criticized the latest draft of the Paris climate agreement which came out at 9 PM, Paris time, saying that the draft was unacceptable and that it undermined their survival.
“Our survival is non-negotiable. But after all the hype about high ambition and the 1.5°C aspirational limit for global warming, the latest version of the climate agreement is sentencing us to even more deaths and destruction,” said Lidy Nacpil, coordinator of the Asian Peoples Movement on Debt and Development (APMDD).
APMDD delegates from the Philippines, India, and Nepal joined over a hundred civil society observers in the Paris climate talks this afternoon (3 PM, Paris time) in forming a giant red line down the main corridor of the climate summit venue in Le Bourget. The line represented civil society’s own “red lines” or non-negotiable issues: equity, finance, justice, zero emissions, and compliance.
“The biggest fight is still about differentiation, or who does what. Unfortunately, developed countries like the US and European Union members not only continue to shirk from their responsibility in leading the fight against climate catastrophe, they are passing off more of the blame and the responsibility to developing countries,” Nacpil added.
An Indian fisherfolk leader, whose flight to Paris was delayed because of the floods in Chennai, denounced the exclusion clause in the loss and damage part of the draft agreement which removes any claims of liability and compensation.
“The US and its allies are preventing do not want to pay for loss and damages which countries like mine are already experiencing, whether through rising sea levels or freak floods, like the latest in Chennai. It is absurd to see these developed countries continue to blame India for blocking a fair and just climate agreement,” said Magline Peter, secretary general of the Kerala Independent Fishworkers Federation, a member of APMDD from India.
A Filipino activist also denounced the unclear mitigation goal of “reaching greenhouse gas emissions neutrality in the second half of the century”.
“Limiting warming to 1.5°C means nothing less than a drastic and systemic change in worldwide energy consumption and pollution. However, we are still on track for 3 or more degrees of warming, even if all national climate plans were actually implemented,” said Gerry Arances, coordinator of the Philippine Movement for Climate Justice.
“We need to establish a global carbon budget which will fairly prescribe dates of when emissions must peak and stop for all countries. And we do not want greenhouse gas emissions neutrality if it is another euphemism for net-zero emissions, or for land-grabbing, offsetting and geo-engineering,” he added.
The Paris climate talks are scheduled to end today, Friday. However, in the last plenary on Thursday evening, the French COP21 president Laurent Fabius announced that the final text will be presented on Saturday morning and to be adopted in the afternoon.
For pictures of the red lines action of civil society at COP21, go to http://bit.ly/1M7njwd (Photo credit: Denise Fontanilla/APMDD)