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YOUNGO Intervention to COP Opening Plenary

November 27, 2012

Nathan Thanki from Earth In Brackets delivered the following statement on behalf of the global youth constituency (YOUNGO) at the COP Opening Plenary yesterday:

It’s barely a month since Hurricane Sandy showed us that huge loss and damage from climate change is the new normal. We’re as terrified by that as we are tired of excuses from some of you.

In Cancun and Durban you saved the process, but at the risk of sacrificing people and planet.

Now it seems Doha will be all about deception and cheating. Developed countries, you’re cheating on mitigation, on money, and on the Durban mandate, while blaming and shifting responsibility to the developing world.

You’re cheating on mitigation with a weak second commitment period where loopholes outweigh reductions! You’re cheating by ignoring your historical responsibilities and comparable efforts.

You’re cheating on the mandate: Durban was a package involving a meaningful second commitment period, and successful completion of the Bali Action Plan, not just the ADP…

You’re cheating on money. We have little faith that we’ll see the insufficient promise of 100b by 2020. The Fast start experience has shown your climate finance to be fragmented, inadequate, repackaged ODA.

Why should we believe that in 2020 you will live up to additional finance and serious mitigation? You keep saying “tomorrow,” but “tomorrow” is not a day of the week.

Today you have a choice to start building a legacy. Will it be a 6 degree warmer world; with submerged islands, exacerbated poverty and lives at risk? Will it be one of broken promises and distrust? If so, “count us out.”

Or will it be one that supports sustainable development and livelihoods? Will it be one that leaves future generations with a liveable planet? Will it be ambitious and equitable?

What will your climate legacy be?

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