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PARIS CLIMATE DEAL IS A SHAM


A detailed analysis of the Paris Accord is available here: http://www.foei.org/what-we-do/paris

Rich countries have moved the goal posts so far that we are left with a sham of a deal from the Paris climate change negotiations. Through piecemeal pledges and bullying tactics, rich countries were able to push through a very bad deal.

Despite the hype, the Paris agreement will fail to deliver. Politicians say it is a fair and ambitious deal – yet it is the complete opposite. People are being deceived. Vulnerable and affected people deserve better than this failed agreement; they are the ones who feel the worst impacts of our politicians’ failure to take tough enough action.

Rich countries must make their fair share of emissions cuts and provide finance and support to developing countries to help them adapt to the impacts of climate change. Instead, they are failing to cut carbon emissions and the finance they have offered is insufficient. But in Paris rich countries effectively dismantled the UN Climate Convention to suit their own needs. The Climate Convention states that the rich countries who have done most to cause the climate crisis must do their fair share to stop it.

There are two major problems:

– The draft Paris deal states that 2°C is the maximum acceptable global temperature increase, and that countries should pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5 °C. This is meaningless without requiring rich countries to cut their emissions drastically and provide finance in line with their fair share, and places the extra burden on developing countries. To avoid runaway climate we need to urgently and drastically cut emissions, not just put it off.

– Without compensation for irreparable damage, the most vulnerable countries will be left to pick up the pieces and foot the bill for a crisis they didn’t create.

History will not be 
made in the convention centre, but on the streets of Paris and round the globe. The climate justice movement is unstoppable and will continue to expand in 2016 and beyond.

This analysis is from Friends of the Earth International.

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