Search for Conservation Part 2 - The Politics of Exclusion
Posted Dec 14, 2009 by Tod Brilliant
Day Two of my ‘Search for Conservation’ (read about Day One here) at the UN Climate Conference in Copenhagen turned out to be quite the bonanza. As of thirty minutes, ago, the G77 group (130 developing nations) walked out of the talks, sending the entire talks and city into a frenzy. Couple that with a new announcement that only 90 NGO representatives will be allowed into the proceedings on Friday, the day when Obama and the other G8 nations will be here, and we’re smashing records when it comes to conserving resources at a global summit of any type.
Whether these actions are related or not is debatable, but don’t underestimate the impact this virtual shutout of global NGOs is having on the talks. Remember, there are tens of thousands of representatives from around the world in Copenhagen. To be told quite suddenly that less than one hundred of us will be welcome on the most significant day of the gathering is more than a slap in the face. It’s a two-fisted double pump middle finger to anyone but big business and government. Given that some of the poorest nations are best represented at COP15 by nonprofits who do environmental and humanitarian aid on their behalf, I wouldn’t be surprised if the COP15 organizer’s decision to exclude NGOs was the straw that broke the camel’s back.
If the G77 is not coaxed back to the table, look for the U.S. and Canada to pin the blame on the poor, once again, for the failure to negotiate meaningful climate advances.