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Civil society groups fault Copenhagen resolution on climate change

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*Civil society groups fault Copenhagen resolution on climate change

By Olasunkanmi Akoni

Speaking on the assessment of the Copenhagen conference held in Denmark, last December 2009, the Executive Director and Coordinator of the civil society organisation, Mr. Ayodele Akele at a media conference on Thursday, contended that the conference which was designed to limit greenhouse gas emissions, failed to address reduction in gas emissions, especially from developed  nations.

His words: “The UN conference was unable to deliver solutions to the climate crisis, or even make minimal progress towards them. Instead, the talks were a complete betrayal of impoverished nations and island states, producing embarrassment for the UN and the Danish government.  In the conference designed to limit greenhouse gas emissions, there was very little talk of emission reductions.

“Rich, developed countries continued to delay any talk of deep and binding cuts, instead they were shifting the burden to less developed countries and showing no willingness to make reparations for the damage they have caused.”

Akele, who was in the company of other human rights activists including the Chairman of Campaign Against Corrupt Leaders, Mr. Debo Adeniran, said civil society groups would champion the course for mobilising support for climate justice.

“We will take our struggle forward, not just in climate talks, but on the ground and in the streets to promote genuine solutions that include leaving fossil fuels in the ground and investing instead in appropriate energy_efficiency and safe, clean and community_led renewable energy; radically reducing wasteful consumption, first and foremost in the North, but also Southern elites,” he argued.

He noted that several reports have identified Africa as the most vulnerable to the impact of climate change, adding that Nigeria as one of the continent’s region has also been pointed out to be the least able to cope with the global changes.

Akele stressed that in order to address these identified lapses, the civil society groups had concluded plans to embark on massive education awareness creation programme to draw public attention about climate change and the possible consequences for humanity.

He therefore, called on the Federal Government in particular to be proactive over the global issue of climate change as it affects the country.


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