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Enerzine No 15. COP17: Building People’s Spaces as Spaces of Hope
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1. Special Issue COP 17

COP17: Building People’s Spaces as Spaces of Hope

Kyoto Protocol, which announced a much-retreated aim from its original one, has been pursued
with much difficulty and has minimum legitimacy as an international agreement. Its first
greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reduction period has one year left, but to this day, nobody can
claim that it has been very successful. This should actually already be expected, however, if the
process of arriving at the 1997 agreement and the 2005 implementation would be retraced. If so,
was the discussion of the post-Kyoto scheme in the Bali conference (COP13) just wishful thinking?
Since ‘Bali Roadmap,’ the international mechanism dealing with climate change has rapidly collapsed. The
alchemy such as the Copenhagen Accord and Cancun Agreement cannot prevent climate disaster currently
happening, as they are expected to bring about more catastrophic results. If nothing changes, the earth’s
average temperature which will rise 4–5 degrees cannot be prevented. The fate of the UN climate regime
represented by climate science (IPCC), the principle of equitable treatment (common but differentiated
responsibilities), and the means of international laws (Kyoto Protocol) will be decided in Durban. Under the
circumstances where agreement on post Kyoto system can hardly be expected, the extension of the Kyoto
protocol term presented as an alternative also appears to be impossible to solve the contradiction and
conflicts inherent to the UNFCCC. Under the circumstances where deregulatory methods of voluntary reduction
like ‘pledge and review,’ breaking away from multilateral regulatory methods called mandatory reduction, the
basis of the UNFCCC is shaking. This is more of a blatant neoliberalistic approach than the carbon market of
the Kyoto mechanism.
Even if dual strategies inside and outside the UN and COP are still good, more radical strategies are needed in
Durban. That is to occupy COP17 and keep on making people’s space into spaces of hope. This does not mean
a narrow sense of occupation that physically occupies a ‘conference of polluters.’ What is more important
should be to obtain global hegemony on climate change carrying the flag of climate justice on capital and
power on climate liabilities together with the responsibilities of advanced countries and the rich. What we
should do in COP17 held in Africa that is hardest hit by climate change and in Durban where climate justice
movement was born is popularization and radicalization of climate justice. For 99% of seven billion people
rather than 1%!

Written by Jung-Pil, Lee (Researcher:

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4. Response
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