Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Expect Delays--Not a Good Enough Answer

During the past few weeks, rumors have been circulating about the delay of creating any formal agreements or legislation at the international climate change negotiations in Copenhagen. However, not all countries are eager for the delay. UN environment chief Achim Steiner warns that such delays would have a “human cost” as well as harm the planet as discussed in yesterday's Guardian.

This past weekend, President Obama acknowledged that the US would not enter in any binding agreements at Copenhagen, that it would be impossible. But there is still hope, despite a lack of formal agreements or legislation positive outcomes are still possible. Even negotiations can set time limits requiring further action.

Gridlock in Copenhagen would have big risks economically and socially. More and more people are being affected by climate change… and the lack of formal agreements only furthers these problems which adversely affects women more than men.

Check out the Feminist Majority Foundation’s Women & the Environment campaign. Information can be found at http://www.feminist.org/global/womenclimatechange.html.

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