Press Conference on Ethical Dimensions of Climate Change
Friday, December 11, 2009 9:30 am, Press Conference Room
The Crucial Missing Element in the Climate Change Negotiations: Duties and Responsibilities, Not Just Narrow National Economic Interest.
Ethics is a practical issue. Tuvalo’s demand for a binding agreement illustrated the Ethical challenges of the negotiations. To make climate justice operational, ethics issue must be included in the text. Ethicists from around the world call on those nations opposing meaningful commitments. Do you deny duties and responsibilities to:
- Tens of millions of Africans whose food and water supply is threatened by increasing drought
- Small island states who see their very existence jeopardized by rising seas
- Much of central Asia faces losing their fresh water supply as the Himalayan glaciers melt
Many parties continue to justify their positions in climate change negotiations based on their economic interests alone. Climate change is a matter of justice and morality. COP15 commitments must take responsibility, to protect the poorest peoples and richest ecosystems, who will suffer the direst consequences of climate change.
The COP15 is struggling with the gap between commitments and implementation. Previous failures have created a lack of trust in the process. Parties need to agree on how to make climate justice operational in the text. This press conference examines how nations must negotiate if they acknowledge their duties and responsibilities
- to prevent dangerous climate change
- to pay for harms caused by high levels of greenhouse gas emissions
- to prevent deforestation programs
- to enable transfer of sustainable energy technologies to poor nations.
This press conference will assist the media in understanding how some parties are taking ethical responsibility while others employ naked self-interest to justify their negotiating positions.