Monthly Archives: December 2009

Christmas Message from Tearfund

Check it out! I’m on the news! Can’t wait to show my mum.

Writer – James Yelland
Cinematographer- Jay Butcher
Editor – Jay Butcher
Boom Op – Superbadger

Merry Christmas from Superbadger and Tearfund! ♥ †

Climate Change Pentathlon

If the world leaders can play games with our climate, why can’t we?

Tearfund has a fantastic series of fun games you can play to learn how to fight climate chaos, and also how to reduce your personal contribution to climate change: small changes that could help do the world some good.

Climate change is not just an environmental issue – it’s a threat to people living in poverty. To find out why Tearfund is campaigns on climate change, click here.

Superbadger has been playing it all morning and wants some new challengers! Click here to try it out!

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Weak deal leaves poor countries in limbo

Not fair. Not ambitious. Not binding. After two weeks of UN climate talks, world leaders have failed to reach the FAB deal that developing countries desperately need.

Developing countries are first and worst affected (Photo courtesy of Tearfund)

Tearfund‘s policy experts have analysed the outcomes so far. Here’s their take:

After two weeks of negotiations United Nations climate talks have failed to reach the ambitious legally binding deal that developing countries desperately needed. It is not yet clear whether a weak US-led compromise text will be accepted by some countries, notably the EU and the world’s poorest countries.

‘A small group of developed countries and advanced developing countries, such as China, India, Brazil and South Africa have cobbled together a weak political declaration on climate change that will fail to cut emissions significantly or provide enough money for developing nations to adapt and develop sustainably.

‘Instead they have cobbled together a flimsy declaration to plaster over the cracks, which is not worth the paper it is written on. This is not a comprehensive deal, and it is not a deal for the world’s poorest and most vulnerable countries. Many will wonder if they have been sold down the river,’ said Tearfund’s Director of Advocacy, Paul Cook.

‘The human cost of delay has failed to register with the developed world. They have bought themselves time while millions of people facing starvation, disaster and homelessness continue to pay the price. The longer we postpone agreeing a full legal outcome the more we condemn many people to the devastation of lives and livelihoods.’

The loose agreement contains a vague commitment to both keeping temperature rise below two degrees and targets for emissions cuts for developed countries, and little concrete in the way of finance for poor countries.  The non-binding declaration promises short-term finance for developing countries of $30billion up to 2012 and $100billion by 2020, but it is not clear that this money will be new, additional or public.

Tearfund believes that finance for adaptation and mitigation to help poor countries fight climate change and adapt to its consequences needs to be at least $200billion a year by 2020 and developed countries must cut their emissions by 40% by 2020, compared to 1990 levels.

Tearfund is wary of the fact that some leaders will want to claim that this is a two degree deal, but warns that the low ambition on reducing emissions means that we are heading for a three or four degree world.

‘Poor countries should be outraged; they rightly expected rich nations to play a leadership role in the negotiations. Instead they ignored the science and looked after their own national interests. Following a fortnight of negotiations and a packed year of climate meetings, don’t be fooled – there is still nothing binding and nothing fair in place.’

If you want more informtation, click here.

Talks in crisis

Negotiations continue… perhaps into the night.

Here’s the latest from Tearfund‘s Policy Advisor Sara Shaw:

These talks are in deep crisis. Weak political declarations being discussed by Heads of Government are barely worth the paper they are written on. There is an atmosphere of confusion and rumours of Heads of Government staying on to try and rescue the situation. The question is, will any deal that is brought forward in the ultimate hours be fair, ambitious and binding? This seems unlikely. Poor countries need a deal that keeps global temperature rise as far below two degrees as possible and delivers at least $200 billion a year of new and additional public finance to help them adapt and develop sustainably. This does not appear to be on the cards at this stage. Yet, in these last hours, leaders must rise above political self interest and seek to do something historic for the good of the planet and its people.’

Superbadger will endeavour to report the latest on the talks over the next few hours, and the outcome when it’s announced.

Stay tuned.

Obama – act not talk?

Superbadger is listening and watching but no outcome yet from the Copenhagen climate talks.

Obama's speech at Copenhagen (Photo via Treehugger)

Obama arrived at the negotiations this morning. Badger was disappointed by his speech, not enough action to protect poor people.

Tearfund’s Advocacy Director, Paul Cook, said this in response to Obama’s speech:

‘Obama highlighted the need to ‘act boldly and decisively in the face of a common threat’ and that he came to Copenhagen to act not to talk.

‘Unfortunately he completely contradicted himself  – the US’ actions in terms of figures for action on mitigation and finance, even after yesterday’s announcement, just don’t stack up or equal survival for poor people and the planet. There were no new pledges on targets and a complete failure to acknowledge the fact that the richest and most powerful nations must take responsibility for the climate crisis that they have caused.

‘For the sake of the poorest and most vulnerable people living on the front line of climate change, we sincerely hope world leaders do not squander this opportunity by providing the most vulnerable with nothing more than empty promises.’

Let’s all continue to pray for a better outcome.

Vigil for Survival

Yesterday we joined a vigil to reflect and pray for a fair, ambitious and binding deal to be agreed in Copenhagen.

Candles from the vigil

Candles for climate justice

The vigil brough together a global movement of campaigners. A campaigner who was at the Kyoto Protocol talks shared how this movement has grown so much over the past few years. Young and old. From north and south. We are united globally in our plea for climate justice.

Campaigners join together in a vigil for survival - remembering those suffering most from the changing climateEach candle represented 10,000 people who’ve acted for climate justice. Many people had also been fasting during the climate talks to demonstrate their commitment to see global action to tackle climate change.

Today we expect outcomes from the climate talks – watch this space for final decisions and Tearfund’s response. – please continue to pray for a FAB deal to be agreed today.

“Not by doing what we can get away with…”

Increased security. Hours of speeches. Frantic negotiations. This can only mean world leaders have arrived in Copenhagen!

Gordon Brown giving his speech at Copenhagen (Photo via Flickr)

Prime Minister Gordon Brown has delivered his speech at the climate talks. Here’s Tearfund’s reaction:

‘We welcome the Prime Minister’s persistence in pushing for developed countries to ‘address the gaping sorrows of the left out millions in Africa, the torment of our island states, the fear gripping the planet’s most vulnerable communities. Not by doing what we can get away with but by demanding the most of ourselves.’

‘We sincerely hope this high level political will has a domino effect of raised ambition from other developed countries’, said Tearfund’s Director of Advocacy Paul Cook.

With two full negotiating days left the aid agency is urging the EU to go further and play a leadership role and drive industrialised nations’ ambition towards reaching agreement on three key areas: tough emissions reduction targets, generous climate finance (additional to current aid commitments) and securing a legally binding deal by Friday.

‘The sums of money for climate finance and emissions reductions targets being tabled are currently inadequate. The welter of scientific evidence demands far greater political will and we must do everything we can to prevent a crisis of leadership from rich nations. At this stage in the talks whilst the Prime Minister still needs to go further in his targets, his acknowledgement of the urgency is definitely a positive step in the right direction. Cook concluded.’

Superbadger will be listening to see what other world leaders have to say. The targets announced so far are not ambitious enough, rich countries must ramp up their efforts – let’s continue to pray for a F.A.B deal to be agreed.

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