The Copenhagen Accord : Love it or Leave it

The party is over.  The verdict has been reached. The much talked about Copenhagen Accord is finally delivered. But negative reactions are pouring into the world wide web from all directions. On the one hand, in an official Whitehouse announcement, Obama called the deal between United States, China, India and South Africa,  “an important first step and a meaningful agreement” to curb the threat of climate change.

On the other hand, the well anticipated “deal” which will be written into history books as the Copenhagen Accord, has angered progressives and environmental groups. Most of the details of the Accord are still murky and the pundits did not have the chance to spin it, just yet.

According to the tentative agreement, in an utter disappointment, the deal allocates a mere $30 billion dollars a year for developing countries, including most African countries that are severely affected Africa affected by drought, desertification and floods.  Developed countries have also pledged tentatively to “support a goal of mobilizing jointly 100 billion dollars a year by 2020 to address the needs of developing countries”, the statement added.

The African group that has been going toe-to-toe with the defecting camp led by Mr. Meles Zenawi of Ethiopia hasn’t publicly declared their support or opposition to the said accord. It is also not clear whether the $30 billion for developing nations contained in the text of the tentative climate deal is part of the $10 billion Zenawi-Sarkozy pact announced earlier this week.

In a related story, the Ogaden and Oromo communities in Europe has led successful rally opposing the selection of Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi to lead the African negotiating team and also to expose his atrocious record of human rights violations. A skillful liar, Mr. Zenawi insist that doing nothing at Copenhagen will only cost Africa more. However, a pressure has been full force from rest of African countries and African civil societies.


The Huffington Post has reactions from Progressives and Environmental groups aggregated as follows;

The Washington Post goes on to describe the agreement as:

“appear[ing] to fall short of even modest expectations for the summit. As part of the agreement — brokered after a last-minute meeting between Obama and his counterparts from China, India and South Africa — industrialized and developing nations agreed to list their national actions and commitments in their fight against climate change, while vowing to take action to prevent the Earth’s temperature from rising by more than 2 degrees Celsius. In addition, they agreed to provide information on the implementation of their actions, which would be subject to international review and analysis.”

Friends Of The Earth, an NGO which had been highly involved in advocating for an fair, ambitious and legally binding deal, released the following statement:

“Climate negotiations in Copenhagen have yielded a sham agreement with no real requirements for any countries. This is not a strong deal or a just one — it isn’t even a real one. It’s just repackaging old positions and pretending they’re new. The actions it suggests for the rich countries that caused the climate crisis are extraordinarily inadequate. This is a disastrous outcome for people around the world who face increasingly dire impacts from a destabilizing climate.

“The failure to produce anything meaningful in Copenhagen must serve as a wake up call to all who care about the future. It is a call to action. Corporate polluters and other special interests have such overwhelming influence that rich country governments are willing to agree only to fig leaf solutions. This is unacceptable, and it must change.

Bill McKibben, author and founder of 350.org, gave the following statement:

“This is a declaration that small and poor countries don’t matter, that international civil society doesn’t matter, and that serious limits on carbon don’t matter. The president has wrecked the UN and he’s wrecked the possibility of a tough plan to control global warming. It may get Obama a reputation as a tough American leader, but it’s at the expense of everything progressives have held dear. 189 countries have been left powerless, and the foxes now guard the carbon henhouse without any oversight.”

Kumi Naidoo, The Executive Director of Greenpeace, stated:

“Not fair, not ambitious and not legally binding. The job of world leaders is not done. Today they failed to avert catastrophic climate change.

The city of Copenhagen is a climate crime scene tonight, with the guilty men and women fleeing to the airport in shame. World leaders had a once in a generation chance to change the world for good, to avert catastrophic climate change. In the end they produced a poor deal full of loopholes big enough to fly Air Force One through. We have seen a year of crises, but today it is clear that the biggest one facing humanity is a leadership crisis.




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