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Enerzine No. 5 Road of Tragedy from Hopenhagen to Can’tcun
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Ⅰ. Issue & Opinion
Road of Tragedy from Hopenhagen to Can’tcun
In 2009, the COP15 in Copenhagen, on which many people all over the world pinned their hopes, finished with a calamitous failure, but there is a bright side to this sad development. All people want to do justice to the climate and to tackle climate change. Actually, several grassroots measures have already been taken in many areas. We are no longer weak in this regard. Then the same voices gathered again in Cancun for the COP16 via Cochabamba. To our great disappointment, however, the Cochabamba people’s agreement did not even reach the negotiating table, and the fully failed Copenhagen accord was revived.

Half success? Complete failure!!!
When the COP16 in Cancun ended with such tragic results, several major South Korean newspapers and media people commented that it was not a complete failure but a half success in creating chances for further mechanisms to burgeon, such as REDD, Carbon Trading, Green Economy, and Climate Fund. We all know, however, that “Doing nothing is better than creating a bad thing.” This Cancun agreement poured life water onto the UN climate talk system but did not even give a drip to the people of the world. How, then, can it be regarded even as a half success?
People demand a democratic, equal, and humane climate change agreement.
At Moon Palace, the real negotiation site, almost all the national delegations, led by a few rich countries, discussed how to extend the markets and money, but the people who are really affected by climate change knew and declared that the market cannot solve the climate change problem. We, the people inhabiting Mother Earth, will never hand over our planet to a few rich countries and transnational corporations, and they have to pay their climate debt without expecting payback. People will never agree to a climate change agreement entered into by just a few rich countries and that does not fully consider and reflect the views of the people.

We at ECPI (Energy and Climate Policy Institute for Just Transition) participated in the COP16 for two weeks, working closely with trade unions. We have also taken action on climate justice. The results of our efforts, however, are not satisfactory. The market mechanism has created wealth concentrated in the hands of just a few  people and forced the poor to make sacrifices for such few people’s further wealth. The notorious “invisible hand” is thus now breaking into the climate change issue, and Mother Earth and the people will be made victims of climate change.

Climate Justice Network has just started in Korea
Now, a massive network for climate justice is coming into being in South Korea. ECPI is one of its organizers, and we are trying to invite and embrace as many grassroots organizations as possible in the network, including trade unions, farmers, and environmental NGOs. We expect that many civil society organizations and social movements in Korea will show interest in participating in the network in 2011.
Written by Boyoung, Cho (Research Staff; Non-permanent:

Ⅱ. Act on
ECPI will continue to work on the just-transition and climate justice issues in 2011 and we plan to conduct research in Asia (Burma, Thailand, and Laos) on cases of climate and energy injustice. If you have any information about this, please let us know.


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