Copenhagen was a unique opportunity to turn the world’s course
away from climate disaster, towards a safe future for all of us on
this small planet. Massive global public mobilisation demanded it.
But leaders of the major powers negotiated for their national
interests, instead of safeguarding our shared destiny.
In the closing hours of negotiations, world leaders drew up the
Copenhagen Accord. It grabbed headlines, but offered no lifelines
and so may end up on the sidelines. The talks ended with little
more than agreement to keep talking, offering just a dim beacon
for the way forward.
At a time when the urgency of the climate challenge is blatantly
clear, stand-offs between the most powerful countries have left the
world heading towards 4oC global warming a catastrophic
prospect, most especially for the world’s poorest people.
Negotiations must get straight back on track. All countries need to
get back round the table and deliver what science and people
worldwide are demanding: a fair, ambitious and binding deal in