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Submitted by ECO Editor on Thursday, December 12, 2019 - 19:04

Dear Party delegates,

2019 has been a year in which millions of people have taken their demands to the streets (and hundreds to the halls of the IFEMA Conference Center), clearly voicing our discontent with the c-o-m-p-l-e-t-e lack of ambition to address the climate emergency.

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Submitted by ECO Editor on Thursday, December 12, 2019 - 19:01

At COP24 in Katowice, 14
accredited participants were stopped at the border and denied entry into Poland
so that they would not be able to attend the
COP. These people were from the Ukraine,
Russia, Kyrgyzstan and Georgia.

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Submitted by ECO Editor on Thursday, December 12, 2019 - 19:00

Six long months ago CAN published a briefing on climate change and the SDGs which rightly
sought to bring the discussion way beyond goal 13 on climate change. In this,
it argued that efforts to achieve all the goals are dependent on efforts to

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Submitted by ECO Editor on Thursday, December 12, 2019 - 19:00

The twin traumas of social and environmental crises
are bearing down on citizens around the world, but political leaders lack the
passion and ambition needed to address thelooming catastrophe. In some places, they lack even simple acknowledgement
and acceptance. To get a better sense of what happens outside the walls of COP,
ECO spoke with youth from Chile and Mexico, and their experiences show how
stark the contrast is between the struggles of people on the ground and the
attitudes of their leaders. The people in charge could learn a thing or two

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Submitted by ECO Editor on Thursday, December 12, 2019 - 19:00

As countries make plans to ramp up their NDCs,
they need a 1.5°C scenario to help them chart a course away from fossil fuels.
On Tuesday evening, the International Energy Agency’s (IEA) Executive Director
Fatih Birol took to the plenary stage for the Energy Day Ministerial meeting.
Energy ministers from around the world shared the (still largely inadequate)
actions their countries are taking to decarbonize the energy sector.

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Submitted by Meva on Thursday, December 12, 2019 - 00:21

The Ray of the Year goes to Scientists of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

CAN does not often award Rays of the Day; to receive such an award requires a significant step forward on climate action and these happen lamentably infrequently. However, there is a body that CAN has decided deserves not only a Ray of the Day, but Ray of the Year.

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Submitted by Meva on Thursday, December 12, 2019 - 00:20

Our voices are being silenced and it´s not funny. 

Despite emptier hallways this evening, we continue to hold space even as our colleagues are shut outside in the cold simply for raising their voices for a better future and climate justice.

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Submitted by Meva on Thursday, December 12, 2019 - 00:19

Right now, the youth of Australia are not being listened to by our government, even though the impacts of the climate crisis are here now. Sydney and regional NSW are blanketed with smoke from catastrophic bushfires, with fires all across the country, and air quality 11 times what are hazardous levels.

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Submitted by Meva on Thursday, December 12, 2019 - 00:18

After a frustrating series of negotiations leading to bland compromises on unblocking funds for poor countries to make plans, a toothless criticism of the committee charged with ambition, and an unseemly struggle for control over the accounts, adaptation has been stranded at this COP.

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Submitted by Meva on Thursday, December 12, 2019 - 00:16

Well, after already delaying a year, it looks likely that the 6-year work-plan for the Forum on the Implementation Response Measures has stalled, though discussion continues, facilitated by a pair of Ministers. 

While it sounds nice to include “recalls the imperative for a just transition,” in the draft decision, let’s be honest, there is NO action in remembering something. That is just unacceptable. 

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