Your SlideShare is downloading. ×
  • Like
After Copenhagen
Upcoming SlideShare
Loading in...5
×

Thanks for flagging this SlideShare!

Oops! An error has occurred.

×

Now you can save presentations on your phone or tablet

Available for both IPhone and Android

Text the download link to your phone

Standard text messaging rates apply
Published

Notes for a meeting on how to respond to the collapse of the climate change talks in Copenhagen.

Notes for a meeting on how to respond to the collapse of the climate change talks in Copenhagen.

Published in Technology , News & Politics
  • Full Name Full Name Comment goes here.
    Are you sure you want to
    Your message goes here
    Be the first to comment
    Be the first to like this
No Downloads

Views

Total Views
214
On SlideShare
0
From Embeds
0
Number of Embeds
0

Actions

Shares
Downloads
5
Comments
0
Likes
0

Embeds 0

No embeds

Report content

Flagged as inappropriate Flag as inappropriate
Flag as inappropriate

Select your reason for flagging this presentation as inappropriate.

Cancel
    No notes for slide

Transcript

  • 1. “ We will not die quietly” Resisting climate change after Copenhagen
  • 2. Copenhagen
    • Outcomes reflect balance of class forces globally and within the industrialised economies.
    • Relatively weak environmental movements unable to exert significant pressure on governments.
    • Not a priority issue for most working class organisations
  • 3. Right counter attacks
    • Questioning of science.
    • Legitimisation of marginal climate change deniers in mainstream.
    • Some negative polling evidence
    • Tories and Republicans
  • 4. The plan
    • Aim was a binding agreement on limiting CO2 emissions to prevent global temperatures from rising above 2c.
    • Before conference a leaked document suggested the developed nations wanted an agreement consolidating their power at expense of UN in future negotiations.
  • 5. Failure
    • “ Obama illusion” was definitively destroyed.
    • Along with Ed Miliband blamed China for the failure
    • Developed countries got business as usual.
    • Developing countries want money and get it through offsets [sold through the carbon markets].”
  • 6. Impact
    • Poorest countries demanded cuts aimed at maintaining a rise below 1.5c.
    • Above this would makes billions homeless and suffering from food and water shortages
    • UN is admitting in private that the pledges made by world leaders would lead to a 3c rise in temperature
  • 7. Contradictions
    • Capitalism’s irresistible drive to grow comes with drive to create waste and pollution.
    • If nothing stops it, capitalism will expand both those processes infinitely.
    • The Earth is not infinite.
    • Capitalism is now pressing against its limits
  • 8. Market solutions
    • Carbon-trading schemes claim to reduce environmental degradation by putting price on pollution.
    • In practice, such schemes have led to financial scandals, windfall profits for polluters and almost no environmental gains.
  • 9. Market rationality
    • Ice melts
    • Shell, BP and Exxon Mobil to exploit the newly accessible fossil fuel reserves.
    • US Geological Survey estimates could hold 30% of the world's untapped natural gas and 13% of the world’s oil.
  • 10. Ecology and money
    • Capitalism has treated the air, rivers and oceans as a global sewer.
    • Long-term damage to natural ecosystems are never reflected in any corporate bottom-line.
    • As capitalism globalised so did the environmental havoc it creates.
  • 11. Leadership
    • Venezuela, Bolivia, Cuba, Ecuador and Nicaragua, acted as a bloc.
    • Hugo Chavez and President Evo Morales repeatedly insisted that capitalism was incompatible with serious action to tackle climate change.
  • 12. Cochabamba
    • “ I could see and feel the historic power of another world that for the youth is not only possible but absolutely necessary.
    • Prompt and imaginative alternative to Copenhagen.
  • 13. Movements
    • Mass movement began in December with London and Copenhagen demonstrations.
    • Demands have to connect with response to recession.
    • One million climate jobs campaign.
  • 14. Fourth International
    • World Congress voted to describe it as “ecosocialist”.
    • Strongly supported by sections in Global South.
    • Domestically ecosocialism remains strategic orientation.