The History of Climate Negotiations In 83 Seconds

While the east coast of the U.S. continues to deal with the impacts of Frankenstorm Sandy, and the global food prices rise because of a climate destabilized by our carbon pollution, and the poorest of the poor who have done the least to cause this problem continue to pay the highest price, the world’s political leaders meet in Doha, Qatar this week. The annual round of global climate negotiations that have produced nothing substantive in 18 years. Will this year be more of the same?



If you are not satisfied with the glacial rate of global climate talks, speak up! Talk to your neighbours, the person sitting next to you in the pew, your family members. Call the politicians elected to represent you on a national level, and let them know you’re unhappy and why. Here’s sample letter from the ClimateFast website that’s written for Canadians, but can be adapted to any country:

I am writing to you as my Member of Parliament. 

I want you to know that I am very concerned about the impact global warming will have upon our children’s future and the world they live in.

I want to know that you will take action for three needed changes:

  1. End fossil fuel subsidies
  2. Put a price on carbon
  3. Support the development of a renewable energy plan for Canada

These changes will give me greater confidence in our shared future.

Can you assure me that you will work for these changes in the upcoming Parliamentary session?



(your name and address here)

To access la version française, go to the ClimateFast website.

Addressing the climate crisis is our generation’s “Great Work”. Let’s get to it!

0 thoughts on “The History of Climate Negotiations In 83 Seconds”

  1. Thanks, Christine. I just now published a letter to Rex and tweeted the following: Eagle Scout & ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson – – Start retiring refineries now. #Doha #COP18 #climate #NoKXL … The key message of the letter is this:

    “… government needs to set the course and be very, very clear about the fact that we are moving toward a low-carbon global economy. But the speed with which we do that does not depend solely on government. That also depends on the very active and responsible participation of the private sector and of civil society …”

    … and …

    “We need our leaders, business and political to stop waiting for the other to blink.
    We them to act on what they know and not on what they think the other is prepared to do. Somebody has to go first.”


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