We received a powerful message from Ulrike Roehr, a member of the Gender CC network of women for climate justice, and we wanted to share it with you. It provides a stark reminder of what is at stake in the climate change crisis and where world leaders are failing to identify solutions. (Emphasis added to the message below).
After weeks of negotiations, the outcome of COP15 is extremely
disappointing. There are no firm and worthwhile commitments, only the
acknowledgement of a declaration, which states that global temperature
rise should not exceed 2°. Yet the atmosphere does not act under
orders. It's us humans who ought to act, but the declaration remains
silent on commitments.
During the last days of the negotiations gender language was also
watered down in the various draft texts. In particular, it is absent in
mitigation and financing. However, if the gender language would have
been stronger, it wouldn't have been a reason to celebrate, though,
because it can only be as good as the overall outcomes of the meeting.
Additionally, it was alarming that for the first time in the history of
the UNFCCC, civil society has been effectively excluded from its
participation in the second week of the negotiations.
"During the last two days of the conference, we have heard many
elaborate speeches, but it is action that is urgently needed. Not a
political declaration, but commitments. Not "continued high growth" but
fundamental changes of how we live and consume in industrialized
countries and how we share the earth's resources nationally and
globally. Not lukewarm reduction goals but deep emission cuts. Not the
same grant and loan conditionalities but significant public funding
that can really bail us out from this climate crisis. We believe that
the climate crisis is a mere symptom of a larger and long standing
human crisis. There are no instant solutions. We need to engage by
immediately starting a collective learning process that is geared
towards genuine and lasting solutions." (Ulrike Röhr, Intervention in
the plenary of the High Level Segment, on behalf of Women and Gender,
The hope we had before Copenhagen is lost in despair. Copenhagen did not sent a signal for a climate and gender just future.
Visit the Gender CC website to watch a video of Ulrike speaking on women and gender at the Copenhagen climate conference.