COP17 is over, at last.
All that’s left is the clean-up after the tw0-week long beach party. Well, that and for participants to try and spin the inconvenient truth that the world’s governments don’t have their hearts in dealing with a pretend problem like global warming when a very real economic crisis is looming.
Greenpeace is mighty unhappy about results in Durban:
Despite the rallying calls that filled the hallways of the conference center yesterday, polluters have won this round of talks with politicians making little progress on a global deal to tackle climate change. Two years ago in Copenhagen, politicians promised a US $100 billion fund would be set up to help the poorest countries adapt to and mitigate climate change. They came to Durban two years later only planning to design a way to collect and distribute the money. It turns out they could not even manage to do that.
While the details of the talks may be complex the truth is simple. We are nowhere near where we need to be to avert catastrophic climate change.
Essentially the ‘Durban Platform‘ kicked the can down to road, with nothing much planned before 2020. Which makes pre-COP17 declarations about this being the world’s last chance to save Gaia pretty much redundant. You can see a list of last chances from prior climate conferences here. If the list looks familiar, most of the links are the very same I used in this post in November. Probably just coincidence, but if not, you’re welcome.
Sophiaalbertina followed the collapsing COP17 comedy on Twitter:
Australia is pretending the non-deal is really a great deal and proves they were right to pass a carbon tax after all. Simon’s not buying that for a dollar. The Guardian has reactions from politicians and activists, and few of the latter group are happy about the outcome of the COP17 cop-out:
“Let me be clear: this was not enough. Not even close. This was meeting expectations lowered beyond all expectations. Rescuing defeat from the jaws of worse defeat. In the long-run, Durban will be nothing but a footnote in a narrative of missed opportunities and willful ignorance.”
Oliver Hughes, student activist at COP17
When a climate conference ends with unhappy hippies, you can rest easy that the world is still a relatively sane place.
Next year, COP18 heads to the Mid-East, where the delegates who bother to show up can play Qatar hero, or something.