Friday, December 2, 2011

Patience running out for Durban Climate Change Talks

By Charles Ogallo in Durban, South Africa.


The youth constituency at the UN climate negotiations In Durban,South Africa is putting on an action to engage and encourage delegates to “aim for a Robin Hood Tax at COP17.”

Costumed Robin Hoods are displaying a giant bull’s eye as delegates pass by as they offer a bow and arrow to shoot towards the target, just like Robin Hood.

Participant Barry McCarron from the UK stated: “I’m taking part in the action after listening to stories from African young people about how climate finance could make so much difference to them at grassroots level.”

The action is part of the ongoing Robin Hood Campaign from the group calling itself YOUNGO, and run in tangent with the “Robin Hood Champion Awards.”

This award praises commitment to equity and foresightedness to fill the Green Climate Fund. It is presented in person to state delegates who commend or encourage a Financial Transaction Tax at COP17. Read more at: http://youthclimate.org/projects-and-actions/cop17-durban/robinhood/

Sierra Club, Sierra Student Coalition, Canadian Youth Delegation and other members of the global TckTckTck campaign have also gathered on the beach at North Beach in Durban - with their heads in the sand wearing the flags of Nations across the globe that are failing to act effectively to address climate change.

Their message to countries obstructing progress on climate action is: Get your heads out of the sand! And in the case of Canada and Great Britain: Get your heads out of the Tar Sands!

Elsewhere the COP17 civil society committee (C17) has issued a rallying call to all South Africans to join civil society, organised labour, faith-based organisations, artists and musicians in a peaceful march through Durban on Saturday 3rd December.

This comes as world leaders struggle to reach agreement at the COP17 negotiations. Ordinary people from across Africa and the World are coming together to make sure their voices are heard.

Some of those most affected by the impacts of changing climate will be taking part in the march, including peasant farmers from across the continent and hundreds of women from South African rural communities.

C17 Global Day of Action committee convenor Desmond D’sa: “World leaders are discussing the fate of our planet but they are far from reaching a solution to climate change. If they fail to make progress we will see drought and hunger blight our country and continent even further”

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