Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Considering the Conference - the UN Conference on Climate Change That Is!

D&P Statement on Durban
"Canada does not even meet its reduction targets of the first commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol, having INCREASED greenhouse gas emissions rather than reduced them".

As a Canadian this statement glares at me from the recent Development and Peace statement on the UN Conference on climate change. In the face of the monumental task of resolutely pursuing justice for those countries of the Global South disproportionately impacted by global warming it is too easy to leave the nitty gritty work up to UN conferences and regulatory bodies other than ourselves.  It is too easy to choose not to be informed at the moment and leave conversations about "carbon offsets" and REDD and Redd+ to scientists. We are urged in this paper to sit up, pay attention and "consider how our movement should respond to a crisis foretold". In fact, we should not only sit up but speak up about living sustainably. 

Take time to read this D&P statement. Let it link you to the COP17 conference in Durban, South Africa - now in its second day . As part of the D&P movement be part of this important conversation. Sit up, speak up- speak out!

 This blog entry brought to you by D&P member and sometime guest blogger on the Muse, Elizabeth Stocking. Enjoy!