Answers Needed

Posted on 06 December 2009 by editor

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Credit: Servaas van den Bosch/IPS

By Diana Cariboni

MONTEVIDEO (IPS/TerraViva) – The sensation that Copenhagen today reflects humanity’s diversity is powerful: more than 15,000 people have flocked to the Danish capital to talk about climate change. In the front line are the ambassadors, politicians, negotiators and technocrats.

Then there are the international bureaucrats, corporate lobbyists, conservationists and nature lovers.

Scientists and activists of all kinds have also shown up. The most combative activists are planning a symbolic – or not so symbolic – assault on the emblems of capitalism.

There are people on hunger strikes, while others are planning direct actions or staging performances, concerts and art exhibits.

And there is also the press, of course, with myriad traditional and alternative media outlets.

Is this a reflection of our diverse world?

In the last few weeks, social, peasant and indigenous movements across the planet lamented that they could not afford to send representatives to Copenhagen. Women, who make up half of humanity, might barely achieve a mention of gender equity in the conference’s final declaration.

More than one billion people around the world, the poorest of the poor, desperately need resources to endure the unpredictable climate changes that the 21st century will bring.

The countdown is over. Answers are needed from Copenhagen.

(END/2009)

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