People’s World Conference on Climate Change

By Corey Hill | Published: February 20, 2010

So, everything didn’t go exactly as planned in Copenhagen.  At the climate summit, commonly known as COP15 (the fifteenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change-in case you were curious), prominent nonprofits were locked out of the debate, and more than a few accusations surfaced that a select group of countries worked in secret to reach their arrangements, effectively negating the wishes of the majority of participants.  Worst of all, perhaps, is that after all the hoopla, the protesting, the big show, nothing really happened: no hard emissions targets, no treaties, nothing, really, except the flimsiest agreement possible and a promise to meet again.

Maybe after all that, you are feeling a little disillusioned with the whole process.  That’s understandable.  But rather than descend into cynicism, you can tackle climate change head-0n, and be a part of the next climate change forum.  COP16 isn’t scheduled to take place until December of 2010, in Mexico.  And unless you’re a head of state, you probably won’t have much of say.

Bolivian President Evo Morales has proposed something else entirely: a climate change conference for everyone, appropriately titled the People’s World Conference on Climate Change. The event itself is slated to take place April 19th to 22nd in Cochabamba, Bolivia.  The conference is a completely different approach to the problems of climate change–analyzing the structural causes, examining the rights of nature, and working to create a mechanism for paying off climate debt.  And even if you can’t make it to Bolivia, you can make your voice heard.

Visit the website.  Register for free.  Read an analysis or two.  After you’ve taken a look around the website, then you can take your participation to the next level.  The easiest way to get involved is to join a working group.  There are twelve in total, and you can join up to five.

Though the goals of the conference are somewhat fluid, you can be assured that the agenda is more progressive and ambitious than anything put forward at COP15.  Be a part of the action.  If you don’t, you have no one to blame but yourself if this climate change conference doesn’t produce the results you hoped for.

Source: Conductive Chronicle


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