Climate change is already causing enormous damage and hundreds of millions of poor people are enduring the consequences.
The most advanced research centers have claimed that there is little time to avoid an irreversible catastrophe. James Hansen, from the NASA Goddard Institute, has said that a proportion of 350 parts of carbon dioxide by million is still tolerable; however, the figure today is 390 and growing at a pace of 2 parts by million every year exceeding the levels of 600 thousand years ago. Each one of the past two decades has been the warmest since the first records were taken while carbon dioxide increased 80 parts by million in the past 150 years.
• Speech given by Hugo Chávez Frías, president of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, at the United Nations Climate Change Summit, Copenhagen, Denmark, December 16, 2009
Mr. President; Gentlemen; Ladies; Your Excellencies; friends:
I promise you that I am not going to speak longer than the person who has spoken the most here this afternoon.
Please allow me an initial comment, which I should liked to have made as part of the previous point exercised by the delegations of Brazil, China, India and Bolivia – we were there asking to speak, but that was not possible.
The Bolivian representative said – greetings of course to compañero President Evo Morales – who is here (Applause), president of the Republic of Bolivia – among other things – the following – note this – “The text presented is not democratic, it is not inclusive.”
By WILL WEISSERT, Associated Press Writer Will Weissert, Associated Press Writer
HAVANA – Cuba’s foreign minister called President Barack Obama an “imperial and arrogant” liar Monday for his conduct at the U.N. climate conference, a reflection of the communist island’s increasingly fiery verbal attacks on the U.S. government.
Bruno Rodriguez spent an hour and a half lambasting Obama’s behavior in Copenhagen, telling a news conference, “at this summit, there was only imperial, arrogant Obama, who does not listen, who imposes his positions and even threatens developing countries.”
He called the summit “a fallacy, a farce” and said Washington used back-room deals and strong-arm tactics to foist on the world a deal that he labeled “undemocratic” and “suicidal” because it urges — but does not require — major polluters to make deeper emissions cuts.
Rodriguez also said Cuba and other poor nations have refused to recognize the agreement because they weren’t permitted to participate in its development.
The youth is more interested than anyone else in the future.
Until very recently, the discussion revolved around the kind of society we would have. Today, the discussion centers on whether human society will survive.
These are not dramatic phrases. We must get used to the true facts. Hope is the last thing human beings can relinquish. With truthful arguments, men and women of all ages, especially young people, have waged an exemplary battle at the Summit and taught the world a great lesson.
COPENHAGEN, December 17.— The UN Summit on Climate Change, which ends today in Copenhagen, had not reached any concrete agreements as of last night, but it did feature countless appeals by political leaders to find a consensus before it is too late.
The race against the clock was evident in the halls of the Bella Center, the conference venue, with participants trying to achieve a minimum of consensus, if not the legally binding agreement desired by the majority of the 192 countries participating, EFE reports.
Meanwhile, members of Danish social movements and other international organizations gathered at the Valby Hallen Stadium in this city on Thursday to hear Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez, who opened his speech saying, “Long live the young people, the volcano of socialism, the volcano of the peoples!”
The news from the Danish capital gives a picture of chaos. After planning a conference with about 40 thousand people in attendance, the hosts find it impossible to honor their promise. Evo, the first of the two presidents of ALBA-member countries to arrive, stated some truths derived from the millennium-old culture of his people.
THE heads of state and government of the member countries of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America-Trade Treaty of the Peoples (ALBA-TCP), meeting in Havana on December 13-14, 2009, on the occasion of the 5th anniversary of the signing of the Joint Declaration of December 14, 2004:
Photo: Geovanis Fernández