28 november 2011

[4C note: We received by email the following draft statement of the Climate Action Network - a global coalition of hundreds of environmental organizations - on November 27, intended to be spoken to the November 28 plenary meeting of the climate summit in Durban. The sender, Julie-Anne Richards International Policy Coordinator, Climate Action Network-International, did not know, at the time of her mailing, if CAN would be given permission to present this statement.]

Thank you Chair. My name is (insert), I am from (insert country here) and I am speaking on behalf of the Climate Action Network.

We are dangerously close to passing the threshold for runaway climate change. Delay is no longer an option. Agreeing a second commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol at Durban is the locomotive for this process towards a comprehensive legally binding agreement.

We have heard many excuses from industrialised countries as to why they don’t want a second commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol. Be sure that the public sees these excuses for what they are – an attempt to escape responsibilities

We must build on and improve the most effective and only legally binding agreement that we have. Loopholes undermining the integrity of Kyoto need to be closed here in Durban.

The countries that have been most vocal in undermining the Kyoto Protocol have failed to suggest any viable alternative step forward that would solve the climate crisis. Scrapping the only legally binding agreement that we have risks descending to a climate “Wild West” – with less ambition, less action and less hope to avert catastrophic climate change.

Delegates, we encourage you to seize the opportunity of Durban – and take the first step forward by agreeing a second commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol.

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