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For environmental federation Friends of the Earth International (FoEI) the blame for the failure of the United Nations Conference on Climate Change that took place in Doha, Qatar, lies squarely on developed countries, which are historically responsible for the climate crisis as a result of their dirty development since the mid 19th century.
“Developed countries did not even try to solve the climate crisis at these talks. Instead, they continued to protect the interests of fossil fuelled corporations and helped financial elites grow their latest cash cow: the global carbon market scam”, said Sarah-Jayne Clifton Friends of the Earth International coordinator of the Climate Justice Program.
The Conference of the Parties (COP 18) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change ended on December 8th. On that day FoEI issued a press released entitled: ‘Doha climate talks: Industrialised countries block climate action’.
Sarah added that “the fossil fuel lobby won the Qatar desert climate battle, where we witnessed dirty industry elites still holding the reins of our governments. Meanwhile the climate crisis worsens and the window for action shrinks day by day”.
Real World Radio interviewed Sarah to learn more about FoEI’s position at the COP. The coordinator of the Climate Justice program highlighted the lack of commitment by industrialized countries to cut their polluting emissions and to increase the climate fund to support developing nations affected by the climate crisis. She also regretted that the Kyoto Protocol has turned into an ‘empty shell’ and insisted on the negative role played by industrialized nations, especially the United States.
A two-and-a-half year process of work which resulted in a meeting with several thousand Brazilian peasants; “a process that didn´t start now, and that won´t end here”, said Itelvina Massioli, national leader of the peoples´ struggle for land, agrarian reform and food sovereignty, in interview with Real World Radio after the 6th Congress of the Landless Rural Workers Movement (MST).
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