Sister Joan Brown’s Reflections from Copenhagen, Part 9

Dec 12, 2009 | Copenhagen

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Quick mid-term climate negotiations update from Climate Action Network (CAN) briefing with NWF, WWF, and Oxfam.

Sr. Joan Brown, OSF, Director of NM IPL

Sr. Joan Brown, OSF, Director of NM IPL

NGO’s continue to call for a fair and binding resolution. Developing nations have put clear first offers on the table. Tuvalu, an island nation continues to put a courageous voice forward. There are many secret texts and private negotiations happening. There is a need for transparency.

Strong proposals in the US with the Senate leadership are needed that would allow movement forward. On this day of Global Climate Action the process needs to move forward without delay. There is no other time when all these leaders of nations will be face to face.

We cannot go in circles anymore. We owe the vulnerable communities and the future to move much farther and faster than even we thought possible.

Among the many gaps in the basic framework is the lack of long term commitment of cash. Fast stop financing is being proposed and much of this is funny money which has been previously committed and it is very short term. Financing must be sufficient and long term to rebuild trust with developing countries.

Light a candle, join a vigil or create a small spontaneous vigil today and join the more than 3,000 vigils across the globe praying. I am off to a vigil. The sunsets around 3:00 here, I think, the only time I have seen the sun break through was just a few moments ago. The sky is actually blue and glistens on the wind turbine generating power for the Bella Center. This is the first piercing of the clouds by Brother Sun all week. That this would be a sign.

Peace and good,
Joan

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