Author: Chandra Bhushan
“I care” is the slogan of CoP19 at Warsaw. With this symbol, Poland wants to tell the world that it cares for climate change. But the facts are otherwise. Next to the biggest climate conference, Poland is also hosting the biggest coal conference in Warsw. That’s symbolic of the position that Poland has taken in climate negotiations. But Poland is not the only problem. Every developed country is now going back on its past commitments.
With such drastic fall-back in ambition by developed countries, developing countries like India, Brazil and China have now taken a much more rigid stand. The end result is that nothing is moving here at Warsaw.
On the first day of the Warsaw conference, the Philippines made an impassionate speech about Typhoon Haiyan. There was a three minutes silence with some delegates joining the Filipino delegates in shedding tears for the loss of lives that occurred during the typhoon.
But once the speeches are over, everything is back to the business-as-usual.
“Nothing happens. Nobody comes, nobody goes. Its awful.”
We don’t care.