The most striking thing to me – sitting on the left side of the pond from Copenhagen – is that with some exceptions it appears that the veil of legitimacy of the climate policy making process of the US-dominated UNFCCC (which climate justice activists have criticized for year) is finally falling away…which leaves the question: “what now”?
With Obama at this moment posed to announce a “meaningful deal” (a complete dishonesty on it’s face, which all but the most head-in-the-sand environmentalist knows is a face saving greenwash at best) what is next for the climate movement?
For those of us demanding not just “action”, but just action, what are our next steps when for most of us it’s now clear that the Senate, Obama, and the UNFCCC process itself is working against our goals of 350ppm, thwarting efforts to prevent the destruction of the least developed countries and the island nations, and of recognizing the climate debt owed the world from the big polluters?
What are next steps in building a movement outside this failed framework? or do you still believe the framework can be salvaged despite 15 years of non-functionality? if so why?