Donnerstag, 29. Oktober 2009
Sonntag, 18. Oktober 2009
Die letzte Kabinettssitzung ist sprichwörtlich ins Wasser gefallen, um die Welt auf die Problematik des Klimawandels aufmerksam zu machen. Das Kabinett tagte kurzerhand unter Wasser und unterzeichnete dort einen Aufruf an die UN-Klimakonferenz in Kopenhagen.
Die Taucheranzüge wurden im Anschluss signiert und sollen zum Schutz der Korallenriffe versteigert werden...
Mittwoch, 14. Oktober 2009
During the UNFCCC intersessional in Bonn in June 50 young activists came together for a "train the trainer” seminar by Young Friends of the Earth. In different groups (media, action and policy) they were trained to train other young people. In regional groups they organized their own conferences for October 8th to 11th.
In Berlin 55 young people from Germany and central and eastern Europe gathered to share their experience and visions. In talks they got the basics of climate change politics and worked in workgroups on policy, media and action. On Friday they were joined by politicians from the EU parliament, the german Ministry of Environment and the UK embassy to discuss with them. They young activists got the chance to lobby the politicians and get an insight impression on how politics is working to tackle climate change.
But only talking doesn’t change anything. So the action group started to plan their own little action to go onto the streets and wake up the people.
So we have been out on the streets of Berlin on Saturday. A big ticking clock symbolized time running out. Different subjects and dangerous effects of climate change were announced while politicians in suits and lobbyist groups like the industry just stood around the giant clock just doing useless BlaBlaBla-talk. They just watched time ticking away securing their cut and doing nothing. At 5 minutes to high noon all people on the street were asked to ACT NOW and take action.
On the crowded streets this action draw a lot of attention and a lot of flyers were given out to inform on the upcoming negotiations in Copenhagen. The people were very interested and a lot of discussions were started.
The conference ended with a lot of newly engaged activists spreading the word in their towns and countries. The goal is clear – we demand a strong, fair and binding treaty in Copenhagen.
No more time for useless talk – Time is up to ACT NOW!
Action during the Act now regional conference in Berlin (if you have problems with the HD-video just turn off the HD)
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This is not a new solution. We already do it with our carbon emissions. Europe for example wants to reduce its emissions by 20-30% until 2020. But reducing carbon emissions means you have to invest into expensive clean technologies or even worse – change our precious lifestyle.
Since this would reduce our wealth and the money we can make here, politicians figured out a way to limit the efforts that have to be undertaken by our companies (and us as consumers) – we can go on like nothing happens. Companies just give money to developing countries and reduce emissions there. That is much cheaper than develop new technologies and reduce the carbon at home. This is called carbon offsetting.
Offsetting means cheating on developing countries
While offsetting might work for reduction targets of 20-30%, it won’t work if we take into account that we will have to reduce our emissions globally by 85% until 2050. To reach that goal we have to reduce our global emissions dramatically and also the developing countries have to reduce their emissions. If the wealthy industrialized countries use all cheap possibilities in the global south today, the developing countries won’t have chance to reduce their emissions later because all the cheaper and easier ways are all ready used to brighten our statistics. Once again we pretend to help them and instead we only ensure our way of living and our markets to expand.
For the fight against global warming we need new and green technologies. If the companies have the possibility to get the carbon reduction by paying a little bit of money they won’t invest into new technologies. We just buy some time (which we don’t have) and don’t solve the problem itself. That is everything but not sustainable.
The industrialized countries lived for decades off the cheap and dirty energy we produce. We already used up more than our fair share of the worlds resources. The only reason the world didn’t collapse before is, that there are still billions of people living under poorest and simplest conditions.
Instead of using backdoors for our responsibilities we have to invent new and clean technologies, reduce our own carbon emissions and pay for our climate debts by giving poor countries knowledge, money and technology to hold them from making the same mistakes we did.