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Nov 11, 2021

Numerous Protests inside the Green Zone at COP26

Earlier this week, News Five’s Duane Moody who is posted in Glasgow, Scotland reporting on the United Nation’s climate change conference, COP26, brought you the sights and sounds of a huge protest where over a hundred thousand persons came out. They clamored for climate justice and for developed countries to make good on their commits to reduce GHG emissions by forty-five percent and to provide for climate financing to assist developing countries that have been braving the impacts of climate change.  Well, protests continued this week, although at a smaller scale. Here is Duane Moody.

 

Duane Moody, Reporting

Climate change is threatening the existence of some countries and its people – it’s a strong message that’s been reverberating over the past two weeks by world leaders whose countries are experiencing the far-reaching effects of a changing climate – land erosion, intense hurricanes, loss and damage to nature; not to mention, the displacement of people and compounding socio-economic issues.

 

Ambassador Carlos Fuller

Ambassador Carlos Fuller, Lead Negotiator, Belize

“Loss and damage is already occurring. That part is not yet in it and I think we need to really emphasize that. So I am hoping our ministers will make that point. We are already feeling loss and damage now; how do we help those communities? I don’t want to talk about compensation. You can’t compensate somebody who has lost already, but how do you get them to recover, how do you get them to build back better? How do they continue a way of life that they have lost? Oceans are recognized as the biggest sink that absorbs more than ninety percent of the new heat coming into the atmosphere. And of course, communities, small island states, Belize depends on the oceans for our livelihood – both for food security, as a resource that defends us against extreme events like hurricanes and so on – the mangroves the coral reef and of course it is our big tourism industry, our big attraction. So that area of oceans is now in there and how do we then take it forward so that it remains on the agenda as an important issue within climate change.”

 

Over the weekend, one hundred thousand plus persons – the young, old and everything in between came out- parading through the streets of Glasgow City, calling for climate justice. Through this week and since the onset of the COP26, an area designated as the green zone, which is open to the general public, has been populated with different groups advocating for change. Climate crisis – as the somber echo of a drum echoes in the distance, others laid dead on the pavement, representing the effects of climate change – flood, drought, disease, war, suicide, pandemic, pollution. As the conference winds down, the protesters are not letting up. Today, inside the Scottish Event Campus, artists came together and created a piece of art that spoke to the various components of climate change and the goal that the Conference of the Parties is seeking to achieve, which is to restrict global temperatures to one point five degrees as was set out in the Paris Agreement signed back in 2015. Meanwhile, the Christian Charity, Tearfund organized a short display inside the blue zone today. Titled: “Final Demand: Overdue payment bill of one hundred billion dollars issued by those at the frontline of the climate crisis,” it says that world leaders have defaulted on this vital payment, which was first due to be paid last year. That money would have been placed in a fund and developing countries would then be able to access financing for climate change mitigation and adaptation purposes. Tearfund says that the bill is overdue and should be paid before leaders depart from Glasgow. Belize’s lead negotiator, Ambassador Carlos Fuller says that discussions continue on the proposed allocation of funding for adaptation purposes within the wider concept of climate finance.

 

Ambassador Carlos Fuller

“We have to enhance adaptation and in particular significantly increase the amount of funding that goes to adaptation. There is some controversy on whether it should be fifty-fifty, double, quadruple the amount, but at the end of the day, we have to increase it significantly because we are already feeling the effects of climate change. At one point one, we are feeling it right now; at one point five it’s going to get much worse so we have to get the resources to address that issue.”

 

Duane Moody for News Five.


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