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UN Climate Talks Heading in Wrong Direction

LIMA, Peru

Less than a week before 195 nations gather in Lima to discuss how to address the climate crisis [1] Friends of the Earth International activists are warning that the United Nations talks are heading in the wrong direction.

Dipti Bhatnagar, Friends of the Earth International climate justice and energy coordinator said:

"Looking at the texts that our governments are negotiating in Lima, the climate deal that they plan to reach next year in Paris could turn out to be, at best, an empty shell. They must reverse their course of action urgently. Around the world people and communities are already paying the price of the climate crisis with their livelihoods and lives."

"Some observers are very excited about the November US-China deal, but the reality is that all major climate polluters, especially the developed countries, with the US at the helm, are still doing way too little to address the climate crisis. All signs point to the fact that our governments are mostly focusing on false solutions to the climate crisis. False solutions such as carbon trading and offsetting must be stopped," she added.

There are real solutions to the climate crisis. They include steep reductions in carbon emissions, stopping dirty energy and deforestation, building sustainable, community-based energy solutions, and transforming our food systems.

The UN is the most democratic space to address the climate crisis. The UN climate talks are supposed to be making progress on implementing the agreement that world governments made in 1992 to stop man-made and dangerous climate change.

The current UN agreement recognises that rich countries have done the most to cause climate change and should take the lead in solving it, as well as provide funds to poorer countries as repayment of their climate debt.

Any future climate agreement with emissions reduction targets must be comprehensive, binding, and reflect a fair share approach to the 'carbon budget' (the limited quantity of carbon pollution that can still be released while avoiding dangerous climate change). [2]

Jagoda Munic, chairperson of Friends of the Earth International, said:

"The world's richest, developed countries are most responsible for climate change. They emitted the biggest share of the greenhouse gases present in the atmosphere today, way more than their fair share. They must urgently make the deepest emission cuts and provide most money if countries are to fairly share the responsibility of preventing catastrophic climate change."

Friends of the Earth International campaigners will observe the UN talks in Lima and participate in the alternative Peoples Summit.

They will join environmental defenders and social movements from Peru and worldwide at the World March in defense of Mother Earth in Lima on December 10th, Human Rights Day.

Friends of the Earth International is the world's largest grassroots environmental network, uniting 74 national member groups and some 5,000 local activist groups on every continent. With over 2 million members and supporters around the world, FOEI campaigns on today's most urgent environmental and social issues.