As I write, the Association of Small Island States (AOSIS) is fighting a rear guard action on the floor of the conference at Copenhagen. They want the words “legally binding instrument” inserted into the mandate to extend the work of the Adhoc Working Group on Long Term Cooperative Action (AWG-LCA).
They are not going to win this, but it is telling which countries are backing the call of AOSIS and which are not. I cannot be sure, but if previous statements and behaviour from our embarassing Minister Tim Groser mean anything, New Zealand won’t be backing our pacific neighbours.
It looks like the hideously watered down Copenhagen Accord, which is a small nail in the coffin of Kyoto, is going to be the only thing comming out of Copenhagen.
The big noters like Obama may already have left the building, but the grit and determination of those countries already affected by climate change is inspiring.
It looks like the real work is going to be left to those of us outside the halls of power, through peaceful, non-violent protest and civil disobedience.
Time to brush up on my childhood reading – David henry Thoreau’s “Civil Disobedience“.