COP17: European Left calls for an effective and strong agreement to tackle climate change

COP17: European Left calls for an effective and strong agreement to tackle climate change

Today starts the 17th Conference of the Parties (COP17) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), in Durban, South Africa. The starting point is to reach an agreement on tackling climate change. Facing the failure of the last negotiations, specially in Copenhagen, and the urgency in an immediate action, the European Left Party underlines the importance of an effective and strong binding agreement towards a 40% reduction on carbon emissions. European Left welcomes that climate change negotiations were reestablished under the United Nations umbrella after Cancún negotiations, allowing that all the countries have the right of being heard. Nevertheless, we oppose all the ongoing attempts of the most rich countries in order to led and organize future international conferences on their one.European Left asks for an agreement that can fulfill the needs of the peoples of the world and that can respond to the ecological and social crisis. Developing countries are the ones that contributed less, the ones that beneficed the less but the ones which are suffering the most with climate change. Climate justice is essential for recovering the aim convergence throughout the entire world. In that sense, guaranteeing food sovereignty must be a priority.Carbon market and REDD+, which are presented as an effort to create a financial value for the carbon stored in forests, offering incentives for developing countries to reduce emissions from forested lands and invest in low-carbon paths to sustainable development, are not not only ineffective in reducing emissions, but also reinforce the unequal relations of power between the richest and the poorest countries. European Left underlines that the objective must be the reduction of carbon emissions, addressing mainly adaptation and also mitigation measures, and not the creation of new speculative markets.The planet and the peoples of the world depend on a global solution to a global problem. We cannot continue ignoring the question or simply insist in a package of policies which have proved to be a failure. We also don't accept the narrative which underestimate climate change associated problems using the financial an economic crisis as an excuse to avoid intervention. Another world is possible and we must start constructing it yesterday.Working Group on Environment of the European Left