Grassroots movements quit climate conference, protesting against rich countries’ governments

This video says about itself:

Global Voices From Africa to the Philippines Demand Climate Justice at U.N. Summit in Warsaw

18 Nov 2013

We are broadcasting all week from Warsaw, Poland, where the U.N. climate summit, known as COP 19, has just entered its second week. On Saturday, thousands of protesters marched in Warsaw calling for climate justice, culminating in a rally outside the National Stadium where the climate summit is being held. Speakers from all over the world addressed the crowd, urging world leaders to take action on global warming, including climate activists from the Philippine Movement for Climate Justice, the Pan African Climate Justice Alliance, and organizers of a chartered train that brought more than 700 people from Belgium, Britain and France to join the demonstration. Polish activists also spoke, including residents of the village of Zurawlow, where resistance to fracking is growing despite massive shale gas concessions.

See all of our coverage from the U.N. climate summit in Warsaw, Poland: here.

From the WWF site:

NGOs, Social Movements Walk Out Of Warsaw Talks

21 November 2013

Enough is enough.

We have said we stand in solidarity with the millions impacted by Typhoon Haiyan, and with all climate impacted people. Our solidarity compels us to tell the truth about COP 19 – the Warsaw Climate Conference.

The Warsaw Climate Conference, which should have been an important step in the just transition to a sustainable future, is on track to deliver virtually nothing. In fact, the actions of many rich countries here in Warsaw are directly undermining the UNFCCC itself, which is an important multilateral process that must succeed if we are to fix the global climate crisis.

The Warsaw Conference has put the interests of dirty energy industries over that of global citizens – with a “Coal & Climate Summit” being held in conjunction; corporate sponsorship from big polluters plastered all over the venue; and a Presidency (Poland) that is beholden to the coal and fracking industry. When Japan announced that it was following Canada and backtracking on emission cut commitments previously made, and Australia gave multiple signals that it was utterly unwilling to take the UN climate process seriously, the integrity of the talks was further jeopardized.

This week saw a “finance ministerial” with almost no actual finance, and loss and damage talks that have stalled because rich countries refuse to engage on the substance of an international mechanism. Warsaw has not seen any increase in emission reductions nor increased support for adaptation before 2020 – on these things it has actually taken us backward. And a clear pathway to a comprehensive and fair agreement in Paris 2015 is missing.

We as civil society are ready to engage with ministers and delegations who actually come to negotiate in good faith. But at the Warsaw Conference, rich country governments have come with nothing to offer. Many developing country governments are also struggling and failing to stand up for the needs and rights of their people. It is clear that if countries continue acting in this way, the next two days of negotiations will not deliver the climate action the world so desperately needs.

Therefore, organizations and movements representing people from every corner of the Earth have decided that the best use of our time is to voluntarily withdraw from the Warsaw climate talks. Instead, we are now focusing on mobilizing people to push our governments to take leadership for serious climate action. We will work to transform our food and energy systems at a national and global level and rebuild a broken economic system to create a sustainable and low-carbon economy with decent jobs and livelihoods for all. And we will put pressure on everyone to do more to realize this vision.

Coming out of the Warsaw Climate Conference, it is clear that without such pressure, our governments cannot be trusted to do what the world needs. We will return with the voice of the people in Lima to hold our governments accountable to the vision of a sustainable and just future.


Aksyon Klima Pilipinas
Bolivian Platform on Climate Change
Construyendo Puentes (Latin America)
Friends of the Earth (Europe)
Ibon International
International Trade Union Confederation
LDC Watch
Oxfam International
– Pan African Climate Justice Alliance
Peoples’ Movement on Climate Change (Philippines)


Aksyon Klima Pilipinas
Denise M. Fontanilla –

Brandon Wu, Email:, mobile: +1 202-730-5974

Bolivian Platform on Climate Change
Martin Vilela

Construyendo Puentes (Latin America)
Martin Vilela

Friends of the Earth (Europe)
Asad Rehman, email:, Mobile: +48 733 412 897 (Warsaw)
Samuel Fleet,, Mobile: +48 537 884 902 (Warsaw)

Martin Kaiser, email:, mobile: +49 171 878 0817

Ibon International
Tetet Lauron <

International Trade Union Confederation
Anabella Rosemberg:; mobile: +33 677 699 429

LDC Watch
Azeb Girmai

Oxfam International
Anna Ratcliff, email: mobile: +44 (0) 779 699 3288

Pan African Climate Justice Alliance
Mithika Mwenda <

Peoples’ Movement on Climate Change (Philippines)

Samantha Smith, , mobile; +47 450 22 149
Mandy Woods, email:, mobile: +48 515 289 239 (Warsaw)
George Smeeton, email:, mobile: +44 (0)7917 052 948
Ian Morrison, email:, mobile: +1 202 372 6373

See also here.

Australia sabotages climate summit: here.

As Poor Countries Walk Out of Climate Talks, Venezuela Calls on Industrial Nations to Take Action: here.

Understanding Warsaw: Capitalism, Climate Change and Neocolonialism: here.

Some progress but distinct lack of ambition in Warsaw climate talks: here.

Climate coverage drops at The New York Times after paper closed its environmental desk: here.

5 thoughts on “Grassroots movements quit climate conference, protesting against rich countries’ governments

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  2. filippijnse vertegenwoordiger, yeb sano, uit de klimaatonderhandelingen gezet onder druk van europa en de vs

    Yeb Sano, Filippijns boegbeeld van de strijd tegen de klimaatverandering, is onder druk van de Verenigde Staten en Europa uit de uit de Filippijnse delegatie van de Klimaatconferentie in Lima gezet.

    Het gaat hier om een flagrant gebrek aan wil van de kant van de landen in het Noorden om tot een globaal akkoord te komen.

    De 20ste Conference of Parties (COP20) van het Raamverdrag van de Verenigde Naties inzake Klimaatverandering (UNFCCC) brengt 195 Staten samen. De conferentie is gestart op maandag 1 december in Lima (Peru) en zal eindigen op 12 december. Dit is de laatste rechte lijn in aanloop naar de conferentie in Parijs in december 2015 waar volgens de verwachtingen een globaal akkoord gesloten zal worden.

    In de afwezigheid van Yeb Sano, Filippijns boegbeeld van de strijd tegen de klimaatverandering, zien we duidelijk de onwil van de Verenigde Staten en de Europese Unie om zich in te zetten voor een eerlijke, ambitieuze en globale overeenkomst.

    Op de COP 19 in Warschau had Yeb Sano nog met tranen in de ogen de rijkste landen gesmeekt om gepaste maatregelen te nemen om de klimaatverandering aan te pakken. Zijn oproep toen, in de nasleep van tyfoon Haiyan die over de Filippijnen had geraasd en miljoenen slachtoffers had geëist, was indrukwekkend.

    Op de klimaatonderhandelingen maakten de Filippijnen deel uit van de Like-minded Group of Developing Countries (LMDC, de groep van gelijkgestemde ontwikkelingslanden) waartoe een twintigtal landen behoren, zoals Venezuela, Algerije, Argentinië, India, China, Mali en Saudi-Arabië.

    De voorbije jaren is deze groep meer en meer op de voorgrond gekomen in de onderhandelingen en heeft ze een steeds grotere invloed gekregen, wat sommige landen zou kunnen storen.

    Volgens Reporterre is dit de reden waarom “de aanwezigheid van de Filippijnen een aantal landen, in het bijzonder de Verenigde Staten en de Europese Unie, koude rillingen bezorgt. Want de Filippijnen spreken zich uit voor landen die getroffen worden door de klimaatverandering en zijn de verdedigers van een rechtvaardig akkoord dat de landen in het Noorden zou vragen de grootste inspanningen te leveren gezien hun historische verantwoordelijkheid in het uitstoten van broeikasgassen.”

    Het zijn de VS en de EU die druk gezet hebben op de Filippijnen zodat ze uit de LMDC zouden stappen en niet langer vertegenwoordigd worden door Yeb Sano. Het gaat hier om een flagrant gebrek aan wil van de kant van de landen in het Noorden om tot een globaal akkoord te komen.

    Hier kan je een video bekijken waarin Yeb Sano het niet heeft over zijn afwezigheid op de COP 20 maar waarin hij aankondigt tijdens de conferentie te zullen vasten omdat hij zich zorgen maakt over de toekomst en omdat hij een klimaatcrisis wil voorkomen.

    Yeb Sano #fastfortheclimate message for the Press conference in Lima COP20

    Bron van het artikel:

    Bron van referentie Reporterre:

    Voor meer informatie kan je ook het volgende artikel lezen: “Philippines drops key negociators for Lima climate change talks”.


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