The Lima Call for Climate Action: Low on ambition, low on finance, low on climate justice, low on action

Early in the morning of 14 December 2014, the COP20 President and Peruvian Minister of the Environment, Manuel Pulgar-Vidal, gavelled through a new Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action text, and announced the “Lima call for climate action“. “This is not perfect,” he said, “but it respects the positions of the parties.”

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Don’t plant trees to address climate change. Instead, leave fossil fuels in the ground

Last week, the New York Times published an article that argues that, “The science says that spending precious dollars for climate change mitigation on forestry is high-risk”. It is written by Nadine Unger, an assistant professor of atmospheric chemistry at the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, Yale University.

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The Margarita Declaration on Climate Change: “We reject the implementation of false solutions to climate change, such as: carbon markets and other forms of privatization and commodification of life”

In July 2014, about 130 social and environmental groups spent four days in a meeting on Margarita Island in Venezuela discussing climate change. At the end of the meeting, they produced the “Margarita Declaration on Climate Change”.

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