Belize Walks out of United Nations Climate Meeting

Flag of Belize PictureMinister of Forestry, Fisheries and Sustainable Development, Hon. Lisel Alamilla.  According to news outlet Aljazeera, the annual round of talks are meant to pave the way to a climate deal Climate change logo Copenhagen, Polandby 2015 that will peg global warming to a maximum 2.0 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) over pre-industrial revolution levels, but deep fault-lines have emerged between rich and poor nations.  The reason for contention? It appears that the two sides are unable to find  a middle ground on funding poor nations to deal with climate change, and apportioning curbs in climate-altering greenhouse gas emissions.  Therefore, on Wednesday, the G-77 and China, a coalition that includes Caribbean countries, spoke with their feet and walked out of the UN Climate talks. Here’s an excerpt of that report from Aljazeera.

Hon. Lisel Alamilla, Minister of Forestry, Fisheries and Sustainable Development

Minister lissele alamillanuclear smoke climate change sulphurSince 2012 we have had no assurances that the much doubted Copenhagen hundred billion commitment will be fulfilled. We have instead we hear excuses as to why it cannot be reached. Shockingly that Copenhagen commitment was not imposed upon any country it was undertaken by a sovereign decision of those who subscribe to Copenhagen.  Madam vice president, government must also take steps to address lost and damage associated with the adverse effects of climate change from extreme and slow onset events.  This is extremely important for our region as climate change inflicts lost and damage on our livelihoods, coastal infrastructure, eco-systems, food and water.”

But progress has been made in other areas, such as pollution and health. The Convention concludes tomorrow.

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