After Lima: Hopes falter for a system-changing climate deal: Page 3 of 4
Posted on 20 December 2014
are prepared to offer. We have instead been given the same menu of market solutions from what appears to be a free buffet, but are in reality served to us ala carte, with the bills to follow.
Market solutions like carbon trading were (and are) promoted as the only “triple win” way out of the climate crisis -- despite all scientific evidence to the contrary -- while all other alternatives rooted in a critique of the system are downplayed, or treated as utopian.
But this is not how the real world works. What is utopian is a system that believes endless growth is possible, that concentrated wealth trickles down, that politics can be separated from economics, that the commodification of nature, the exploitation of labour and the globalisation of free market capitalism are The Only Alternatives.
IBON International therefore stands in solidarity with all indigenous peoples, trade unions, scientists, environmental activists, and people’s movements around the world who are calling for System Change, not Climate Change. As negotiations for a global climate agreement continue in the lead up to Paris next year, we demand:
- A binding and enforceable global climate agreement, rooted in the principles of CBDR, clear targets on emissions reductions based on honest science, and above all, climate justice as an essential framework for determining INDCs, encapsulating all aspects of human rights, social justice, and equity;
- Fulfillment of existing commitments by Annex I governments, including targets on greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reductions, technology transfer, climate finance, and payment of past, present, and future loss and damages to the global south, especially for countries and communities most vulnerable to the impacts of a changing climate;
- For industrialised country governments to go beyond their existing pre-2020 emissions reduction targets, in line with their historical contributions to GHG emissions;
- For governments of the global south to commit to alternative, rights-based development trajectories, based on energy sovereignty, which depart from fossil fuel-based models of industrialisation that were and remain unsustainable, inequitable, and unjust;
- INDCs that allow for the broadest possible scope for climate mitigation and adaptation targets alongside mechanisms to ensure that these commitments are carried out, in a manner that is fair, accountable and sensitive to the needs of the global south, especially frontline communities and marginalised populations;
- Fulfillment of all existing and future pledges to a global climate fund that provides for both climate mitigation and adaptation, grants not loans for developing countries, and a clear ban on the funding of all fossil fuel and fossil fuel-related projects;
- Negotiating space and an implementing framework under the UNFCCC free from corporate capture;
- Solutions to the climate crisis that depart from business-as-usual: this means shunning all techno-fixes and market-based models, including carbon trading, REDD+, and geo-engineering, that are based on the same market paradigms that have contributed to the current impasse;
- Climate solutions that pro-actively address the root causes of the climate crisis, including systems of overproduction and waste, which will entail the radical redistribution of wealth at the global and country level, to ensure access to renewable energy, resources,