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Road to Copenhagen Part 2: Climate Rage

November 16, 2009

Yesterday it was announced by world leaders that there would be no clear goals determined at the International Climate Summit next month in Copenhagen, Denmark.

According to the Reuters story “negotiations have been bogged down, with developing nations accusing the rich world of failing to set themselves deep enough 2020 goals for curbing greenhouse gas emissions.” The article also suggests that the delay might give the US Senate time to pass its version of Climate Change legislation, which we will analyze later this week.

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This delay by world leaders will no doubt fuel the growing Climate Rage that Naomi Klein just wrote about in an article for Rolling Stone Magazine. This idea of Climate Rage is reflecting in a growing international movement, particularly in developing nations, to confront the rich nations of the world (G8 nations), who have been the primary generators of carbon emissions.

Movements within the developing world are even now calling for Climate Debt, which is the idea that “rich countries should pay reparations to poor countries for the climate crisis.” A Bolivian delegate Angelica Navarro better articulated this idea of Climate Debt at a recent UN gathering. Navarro said, “Millions of people – in small islands, least-developed countries, landlocked countries as well as vulnerable communities in Brazil, India and China, and all around the world – are suffering from the effects of a problem to which they did not contribute.

Klein has also been suggesting that we can expect the kind of direct action and public resistance at Copenhagen that the world has seen since Seattle.

There is certainly a Seattle quality to the Copenhagen mobilization: the huge range of groups that will be there; the diverse tactics that will be on display; and the developing-country governments ready to bring activist demands into the summit. But Copenhagen is not merely a Seattle do-over. It feels, instead, as though the progressive tectonic plates are shifting, creating a movement that builds on the strengths of an earlier era but also learns from its mistakes.

We plan to report on this resistance and critique the commercial media’s coverage of Copenhagen, since there is no indication that the mainstream news media will report on the real motives and actions of the thousands of people on the streets.

For some good discussion on Climate Change and Climate Rage, watch this 2 Part interview with Naomi Klein on Ring of Fire Radio

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