Environmentalists Walk Out of U.N. Climate Talks
Posted on Nov 21, 2013
In a repeat of a scene played out at climate negotiations in years past, numerous organizations and hundreds of environmental activists walked out of the U.N. climate talks in Warsaw, Poland, on Thursday over the lack of progress toward a binding agreement to avert catastrophic climate change.
The move comes barely two days after 133 developing nations walked out of a key negotiating meeting over conflict pertaining to how countries that have emitted the most greenhouse gases so far should be held financially responsible for some of the damage caused by extreme weather.
The organizations that protested the talks included Greenpeace, Oxfam, 350.org, the International Trade Union Confederation, ActionAid International, WWF International, Earth in Brackets and Friends of the Earth.
“We’re not abandoning the U.N., we’re just abandoning this COP, because it’s just gotten so bad,” says Anjali Appadurai, a youth climate activist working with the environmental groups at the summit. “We’re going to bring back social movements as an essential part of this process so that COP 20 next year in Lima can be stronger because of the social movements lighting a fire underneath it.”
—Posted by Alexander Reed Kelly.