Copenhagen Update: Time is Running Out

Go Greenies,

Time is running out at the Copenhagen Climate Conference:

We are nearly through the Conference, running Dec 7-18. Unbiased sources of running news still include:

Official UNCOP-15 website
The U.S. Administration’s Official COP-15 website
New York Times’ Copenhagen section

I’ll be honest, folks, it’s not looking good. World leaders arrive soon and there has yet to be any agreement. Negotiators worked until dawn but were “unable to reach agreement,” reported John Ashe of Antigua to the full 193-nation conference this morning. Yikes. Article.

Yesterday (Tuesday) marked the beginning of the high-level part of the conference, as 192 heads-of-state will now arrive with expectations of officially signing negotiations built during the past week. These agreements have not been made. Obama arrives Friday.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon made a big statement yesterday: “We know what we must do. We know what the world expects. Our job here and now is to seal the deal, a deal in our common interest… [world’s leaders face] a defining moment in history.” Article.

He also said that leaving resolutions for leaders to deal with at the very last minute would be “a failure of potentially catastrophic consequence.”

Meanwhile huge protests are raging all around the Bella Conference Center. In addition to the nearly 1,000 people arrested in the 40,000-person rally a few days ago, several hundred were also detained earlier today from a protest by Climate Justice Action (very militant env. org). They are rallying to “take over the conference for one day and transform it into a ‘People’s Assembly'”. Although it sounds counterproductive about 300 people in the conference assembly ran out to join the marchers in the street. COP Article. CNN Article.

Sign the Avaaz petition – already 11 million signatures – looking to be the biggest petition in history.
http://www.avaaz.org/en/save_copenhagen

Hope,

Mark

Copenhagen Climate Talks: Week One Summary

Lots happening at the Copenhagen Climate Conference:

We are halfway through the Conference, running Dec 7-18. Unbiased sources of running news include:

Official UNCOP-15 website
The U.S. Administration’s Official COP-15 website
New York Times’ Copenhagen section

Connie Hedegaard (President of the climate conference) stated today, “we have made considerable progress over the course of the first week”.

“According to delegates, negotiators have advanced on texts on how to supply new green technologies – like wind and solar power – to developing nations. Progress has also been made in promoting use of forests to soak up carbon dioxide, Reuters reports… But there are still deep splits on issues such as raising funds for developing countries and sharing out the burden of greenhouse gas emissions curbs.” Full Article

As expected intense debate is waging between the U.S. and China, the world’s top producers of greenhouse gases. Both are arguing over what percentage reduction in emissions is meaningful and realistic (Article). The U.S. delegates are under exceptional pressure given strong domestic opposition (Read about it here):

“The Republican delegation will try to protest as Barack Obama is expected to express his commitment to a new global pact that will combat global warming.”

Protests have been rampant throughout Copenhagen, the most notable of which occurred at a press conference for Americans for Progress (a conservative/libertarian interest group denying climate change). Youth delegates from several organizations (SustainUS, WWF, Sierra Club, etc.) stormed the broadcast with chants and banners. Video here.

Present was Lord Monckton, one of the world’s most outspoken climate science critics, who called the activists “Hitler youth” (previous video and short clip here). GGA note: Please remember that Monckton, like most climate deniers, is not a scientist and is funded by interest groups using non-peer reviewed literature. Earlier this year he stated that Obama and COP-15 intended to “impose a communist world government on the world.”

More updates in a few days. Reliable climate change science can be found at http://www.realclimate.org/ (click “Start Here”).

Stay true to science and don’t give in to media,

Go Green Alliance

Epic EC House Party

SEA at the UGA Steam Plant

What you need to know!

The semester is winding down, yes. So what is it time for? PARTY!!! (it’s what we’re good at)

TOMORROW, Wednesday Dec. 2, 5:00 pm in the Ecology Lounge– Secret Santa gift exchange and potluck!
This means that you need to go get your last minute gift together- stat! …And please bring a yummy dish. Feel free to wear tacky holiday clothes and come on out! It doesn’t matter if you are or aren’t doing the gift exchange, all Ecology Clubbers are welcome.

This Friday is the Odum School Holiday Party! Yay! Food and friends in the lobby at 4:00. Then…

GAMEDAY RECYCLING PARTY!
Our annual Gameday Recycling Partay is for all past, present, and future gameday recycling volunteers is this Friday beginning at 9pm. It will probably go late. If you ever helped out in any way, this is your party! Plenty of drinks will be provided and many shenanigans will be had. If you prefer liquor, bring some to share. Bring your own goblet – as always this is a no waste party!

Come enjoy the SPOILS OF WAR!!

So, here’s the email digest: PARTY PARTY PARTY

FINALS CAN WAIT

Love always,

Georgia and Marky

Hey administration – WE WANT SUSTAINABILITY

Three Things EC Members MUST DO

Ecology Clubbies,

We can’t make things mandatory, but if we did, these three things would be:

1. Be in the Go Green Alliance’s aerial photograph supporting sustainability at UGA tomorrow at 12:15pm off the Tate2 bridge (Thursday Nov 19). Skip class.

2. Be on the special bus leaving from Snelling at 11:00am Friday (Nov 20) for a free tour the Athens Materials Recycling Facility. Back ~ 12:45pm. Skip class.

3. Read the best New York Times article we’ve seen in awhile. Don’t skip class.

We love you.

Mark n’ Georgia