Today Thursday 21 November at half past noon, one day before the end of the UN climate conference in Warsaw [the COP19], hundreds of climate activists, including representatives of Climate Coalition- are coming conference space peacefully in protest through the process.
Among the various groups of civil society Reps in leaving the conference in protest on behalf of millions of people who require effective climate action, include Friends of the Earth, Greenpeace, WWF, Oxfam and the International Trade Union Confederation, with national members who are part of Spain Climate Coalition.
The civil society representatives have pointed out that the lack of sense of urgency that we are witnessing in Warsaw is such, that we have no choice but to leave the conference in protest. Our governments are still light years away from the action needed to avoid climate catastrophe.
The governments of the industrialized countries are abandoning their responsibility to avoid climate catastrophe. Climate Coalition organizations have witnessed the shocking lack of action by governments of developed countries. Meanwhile, Polish host government actively helped to polluters to influence negotiations.
The UN is the most democratic space to address the climate crisis. The UN climate talks are supposed to be making progress in the implementation of the agreement that the world's governments did in the International Convention signed in 1992 to curb climate change. The agreement recognizes that the rich countries are most responsible for the climate change problem and must take the lead in solving the same, well as providing funds to the poorest countries, that includes the return of their climate debt.
The governments of developed nations have been kidnapped by the big polluters and their positions in the conference at least impede any progress in the talks. Judging by the attitude and actions of national governments developed in Warsaw, shows that they are listening to before the entrepreneurs polluters.
Climate Coalition believes it is feasible to build an energy system with low impact on the climate, and that is just and sustainable. But to reach that goal, have to challenge corporate power and exercise genuine democratic control over energy decisions of our governments.
They are part of CoaliciónClima: Friends of the Earth, Ecologists in Action, Ecology and Development, Greenpeace, SEO/BirdLife, WWF España, Green Cross Spain, AcciónNatura, CCOO, Solidarity FundaciónAlianzapor (APS), NGO Coordinator, Globalízate, Intermon Oxfam, InspiraAction, ManosUnidas, Peace Movimientopor, AFILIS (partnership to promote sustainable local initiatives), Top (científicospor environment), CoordinadoraEstatal of CienciasAmbientales, Climate Network Universidadespor, Sociologists Without Borders, ADICAE, ASGECO, CECU, FUCI, Hispacoop, OCU, Scouts Association of Spain and Attac.