“Listen to the Islands”

Moments ago in Copenhagen’s COP15 meetings, 100’s of people lined the entry way to the main plenary to stand with Tuvalu and all small island nations or AOSIS. Earlier today, Tuvalu showed true leadership at COP15, showing ambition by attempting to initiate an open conversation on how the world can achieve a legally binding treaty. However just mere suggestion of transparent communication, or “formal contact group”, was thumbed away by rich nations trying to continue back-room negotiations that are wrecking havoc on a real deal in Copenhagen. While entire countries like Tuvalu combat raising sea levels, the richest countries refuse to pony up fair financing and set targets ambitious enough to avoid complete climate catastrophe.

Rich nations bound determination to continue with a business as usual mentality, or “informal talks”, forced Tuvalu to appeal for temporary suspension of the Kyoto Track of the COP15 (one of the two major tracks hey re) realizing that transparent talksĀ  are essential to their survival and to achieving a fair and binding treaty. Word of these developments spread fast through the conference center and as the plenary came back to their reinitializedĀ  session 100’s were standing there to greet them.

video below.

Over 300 people lined the the entry way to the main hall as delegates entered. Soon after the crowd realized that just lining the hall wasn’t enough, so they encircled the entryway and chanted into the open plenary hall. Chants of “Tuvalu, Survival” “350” and “Annex 1, stand up” echoed through the negotiators halls.

All countries should know we are here, where we stand, and realize that we will not accept anything less than a real deal. Because countries like Tuvalu can afford nothing less.

Ashwini from Fiji Speaks to the impacts of climate change on small island states during theĀ  action

What it looked like from inside the plenary!

More more pics soon.

Photo credit: Leon White

Video: Adam MacIsaac, Josh Lynch, Daniel Boese

About Nick

Nick Magel is not a fan of oil companies (or any fossil fuel for that matter). He's fortunate to have worked with folks that hold similar views while Communications Manager at Amazon Watch in San Francisco. Prior to that Nick served as Director of the Freedom from Oil campaign at Global Exchange. Nick went to graduate school at the Audubon Expedition Institute where he focused on radicalizing education models while developing a deeper application of critical and feminist pedagogies in environmental education.

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