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Green Party LogoGlobal Greens statement on the U.N. climate summit in Paris: "Failure is not an option"

Green Party of the United States
http://www.gp.org

For Immediate Release:
Monday, November 30, 2015

Contacts:
Scott McLarty, Media Coordinator, 202-904-7614, mclarty@greens.org
Starlene Rankin, Media Coordinator, starlene@gp.org

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Global Greens has published a statement calling on governments around the world to "fulfill their collective responsibility for preventing dangerous climate change" at the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP 21) in Paris from Nov. 30 to Dec. 11.

The text of the statement is appended below in English and Spanish and is posted online here (https://www.globalgreens.org/news/paris-climate-conference-failure-not-option).

Global Greens is a partnership of the world's Green parties and political movements. The Green Party of the United States is one of more than 90 members of Global Greens (https://www.globalgreens.org).

U.S. Greens attending the summit in Paris include Sanda Everette, co-chair of the national party, Sedinam Kinamo Christin Moyowasifza Curry, and Jill Stein. Ms. Curry and Dr. Stein are two of several candidates running for the 2016 Green presidential nomination.

The Green Party of the U.S. endorsed the Global Climate March, which took place on Nov. 29, the day before the U.N. summit opened (http://www.gp.org/us_greens_endorse_global_climate_march).


Global Greens Declaration

Paris climate conference - failure is not an option

Posted 27 November, 2015


Global Greens call for unity and resolve

The Global Greens call upon the governments of the world, assembled at Paris next week, to fulfill their collective responsibility for preventing dangerous climate change.

Unity and resolve are vital, not least as a counter to the fear and disunity that horrific terrorist attacks, like those recently in Mali, Paris and Beirut, aim to inspire. Failure is not an option.

We call on all the peoples of the world, marching this weekend, to demand this of their governments and hold them electorally to account.

Specifically, the Global Greens call on governments in Paris to negotiate a legally binding agreement that demonstrates

1. Ambition. Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs) fall well short of preventing dangerous climate change (if implemented they may hold global warming to 2.7℃ above pre-industrial levels). The Global Greens re-affirm our commitment to limit global warming to no more than 1.5℃ above pre-industrial levels and call for a rigorous transparent process to review and tighten INDCs every year at the UNFCCC annual conference of parties.

2. Justice. The developed world must honour its pledge to mobilise $USD100 billion per annum climate finance from 2020. This is a precondition for the success of the Paris climate summit. Climate finance must be complemented with a 'loss and damage' mechanism to compensate and support the most vulnerable countries already being disastrously impacted by climate change.

3. Clean energy commitment. The world's energy supplies should be 'decarbonised' no later than 2050, replacing fossil fuels with renewable energy sources and energy efficiency, and providing clean affordable energy for all. Nuclear power is not an alternative because it is unsafe, expensive and a terrorism risk.

4. Forest protection commitment. Climate finance must be available for the protection of biodiverse natural forests and ecosystems which are a vital buffer against climate change. There must be full respect for the rights of local communities and Indigenous peoples in this process.

The climate crisis is both the greatest challenge facing the global community and the greatest opportunity for humanity to rethink how we live, in a way that is socially just and within the Earth's ecological limits.

We look to the 21st meeting of parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change to boost dramatically the momentum of global climate action and set the world on the path to a safe climate.

Global Greens Statement, November 2015

Note.

The Greens will have a strong presence in Paris, both in the negotiations and the civil society space, as well as at people's climate marches around the world. Register here (https://www.globalgreens.org/forms/gg-cop21) for updates from Paris if you have not already done so.


Declaración de los Verdes Globales

Conferencia sobre el cambio climático en Paris - El fallo no es una opción


Los Verdes Globales llaman a la unidad y la determinación

Los Verdes Globales llaman a los gobiernos del mundo que se reunirán en Paris la semana próxima, a cumplir con su responsabilidad colectiva de prevenir un peligroso cambio climático.

La unidad y la determinación son fundamentales, sobre todo como respuesta al miedo y la desunión a la que aspiran los horrendos ataques terroristas como los recientemente cometidos en Mali, Paris y Beirut. No se puede fallar.

Llamamos a las gentes de todo el mundo que se manifiestan este fin de semana a que le exijan esto a sus gobiernos haciéndoles cumplir sus promesas electorales.

En particular, los Verdes Globales llaman a los gobiernos en Paris a negociar un acuerdo que sea legalmente obligatorio y demuestre:

1. Ambición. Los INDCs (Intención Nacional de Contribución Determinada) se quedan cortos a la hora de prevenir un cambio climático peligroso (si se implementasen, contendrían el calentamiento global en unos 2.7°C por encima de los niveles pre-industrialización). Los Verdes Globales reafirmamos nuestro compromiso de limitar al calentamiento global a no más de 1.5° C por encima de los niveles pre-industrialización y llamamos a un proceso riguroso y transparente para revisar y hacer observar los INDCs en la Conferencia de las Partes de la UNFCCC (Convención Marco de las Naciones Unidas Sobre el Cambio Climático) que se celebran anualmente.

2. Justicia. Los países desarrollados deben hacer honor a su promesa de movilizar los 100 billones de dólares USA por año para prestar ayudas financieras a partir del 2020. Esta es una precondición para el éxito de la conferencia de Paris. Las ayudas financieras para combatir el cambio climático han de ser complementadas por un mecanismo de compensación por "pérdidas y daños" para ayudar a los países más vulnerables y que ya están siendo desastrosamente impactados por el cambio climático.

3. Compromiso con las energías limpias. Las fuentes de energía mundiales han de ser 'descarbonizadas' como muy tarde para el 2050, reemplazando los combustibles fósiles con fuentes de energías renovables y eficientes, facilitando su acceso con precios asequibles para todos. La energía nuclear no es una alternativa porque es insegura, cara y supone un riesgo en caso de ataques terroristas.

4. Compromiso con la protección de los bosques. La ayuda financiera para la mitigación ha de estar disponible para la protección de los bosques naturales biodiversos y los ecosistemas que actúan como un amortiguador vital contra el cambio climático. Ha de darse un respeto total a los derechos de las comunidades locales e indígenas en este proceso.

La crisis climática es a la vez el reto más grande que confronta la comunidad global y la mejor oportunidad de la humanidad para repensar nuestra forma de vida de forma que sea socialmente justa y dentro de los límites ecológicos de la Tierra.

Esperamos que la 21ª reunión de las partes en la Convención Marco de las Naciones Unidas sobre el Cambio Climático aumente drásticamente el impulso a la acción climática global y ponga al mundo en la senda de un clima seguro.

Translation courtesy of Dolores Menéndez de Llano-Neilley, NAATI Accredited Translator English-Spanish

See also:

US refusing to tackle climate change: Interview with Jody Grage, vice chair of the Green Party of Washington State
Press TV, November 29, 2015
http://www.gp.org/us_refusing_to_tackle_climate_change

2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP 21)
http://unfccc.int/meetings/paris_nov_2015/meeting/8926.php

Everything you need to know about the Paris climate summit and UN talks
By Fiona Harvey, The Guardian, November 20, 2015
http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/jun/02/everything-you-need-to-know-about-the-paris-climate-summit-and-un-talks

Green Party: President Obama's rejection of the Keystone XL pipeline is a step forward, but the TPP trade pact would be a big step backward
Press release: Green Party of the United States, November 11, 2015
http://www.gp.org/obamas_rejection_of_the_keystone_xl


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