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Copenhagen

  1. 1. Getting ready for CopenhagenGetting ready for Copenhagen
  2. 2. CopenhagenCopenhagen  Chance to get an emissions reductions treaty that actually works Estimates for the total disappearance of the summer Arctic Ocean ice tumbled to 20, 10 or even 5 years. CO2 now at 387 ppm and need to be below 350, maybe below 325 or even 300 (pre-industrial levels were around 280).
  3. 3. DisparityDisparity A group of eighty of the least developed countries, among which are many small island states, have called for reductions of at least 45 percent of CO2 below 1990 levels by 2020
  4. 4. Industrialised worldIndustrialised world The industrialised nations – other than the U.S. – responsible for most greenhouse gas emissions causing climate change, proposed reduction by 16 to 24 percent by 2020 relative to 1990 levels. U.S. did not commit itself even to this.
  5. 5. Cost?Cost? Global Legislators Organisation for a Balanced Environment (GLOBE) estimates that some 90 to 140 billion dollars a year might be needed to pay for climate change mitigation technologies and adaptation. Peanuts in light of banking crisis
  6. 6. ImpactImpact 80% of 1.3 billion people in the world living under the poverty line are women. In 2008 the level of global malnutrition grew by 800,000 to reach more than 1 billion people. Diseases such as cholera which had previously been eliminated are now re- occurring as part of this crisis of civilisation.
  7. 7. Our eventOur event Internationalist – Sweden, GB, Canada Pluralist – Green Left, Climate Camp, Harcan Clearskies, PR Themes – global justice, economy, gender, market alternatives, global south, green jobs, cities
  8. 8. Our projectOur project Second such event, 4th book, coverage in journal. Stronger relationship with Green Left, contacts with other activists. CACCTU Building for Copenhagen
  9. 9. MismatchMismatch The G20 protests and the Climate Camp are proof that radicalising young people understand the issues more clearly than New Labour. Movement still weak when measured against scope of problem
  10. 10. Coming monthsComing months Enrich our own analysis Pre-election period. Bring ecosocialist demands into electoral programmes. Take part in opportunities to build mass movement.

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