LET'S TALK ABOUT CLIMATE DEBT

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LET'S TALK ABOUT CLIMATE DEBT

Mensaje  Admin el Mar Abr 13, 2010 9:14 am

We participate in a project called “Citizens acting to recover the environment of public areas”, implemented by CIUDADANÍA (a non-profit organization in Cochabamba, Bolivia). The next week, the First People’s World Conference on Climate Change and Mother Earth’s Rights (PWCCC) will be held in our city. Authorities and social leaders of all over the world will meet at the Conference. Their attempt will be to arrive to positions facing the lack of an international binding legal instrument on climate change. The main inputs will be proposals from civil society actors and poor countries, which have no capacity within the international regime on climate change.

Within the last weeks we have participated in several workshops prior to the installation of PWCCC. We discussed about climate change with more than one thousand youngsters from Cochabamba. After that, the idea aroused of enacting the debates within the virtual realm. One of the main issues that young people most discussed is the so called Climate Debt.

Some people suggest that rich countries ought to pay for the unequal North-South relations since colonial times, and because their economic growth deteriorated our planet in an irreparable way. Emergent and developed countries are the most contaminating and energy-consuming ones. Their growth levels affect the life-quality and the environment of all countries. It seems that every country pays for the well-being of the rich ones.

We have a few questions. It’s not necessary to answer all of them. Besides, you can also propose other issues concerning climate change.

  • Which are the main effects of climate change in your city or country? Do you think that the responsible of those effects have to pay?

  • Who is "to blame" of climate change (citizens, corporations, governments)? All of us hold the same responsibility or there are differential responsibilities?

  • Climate debt concerns only money? The term “debt” is an accurate word or we have to replace it with “responsibility”, “devolution” or “compensation”?

  • How can we define who is a debtor or a creditor? How can we determine the amount of the debt? How this amount has to be used?

  • What can we expect of the Conference if the governments of developed countries deny their responsibilities about climate change? What can we do?


We hope that young people of all over the world can participate. We will be at the Conference, presenting the results of the conversations with Cochabamba youngsters and what we can discuss here within these few days.

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atiempo.forumotion.com
ciudadaniabolivia.org
forojovenesclima.blogspot.com

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