Take It from Them


Feast, my friends, on the bitter tears of our enemies:

Lumumba Di-Aping, chief negotiator for the G77: “This deal . . . has the lowest level of ambition you can imagine. It’s nothing short of climate change scepticism in action.”

John Lanchbery, Birdlife International: “It sounds very vague. There’s no next step, nothing to link through to how to get a final deal done.”

Carl Pope, Sierra Club: “President Obama and the rest of the world paid a steep price here in Copenhagen because of obstructionism in the United States Senate.”

John Ashe, Chair of Kyoto Protocol: “Given where we started and the expectations for this conference, anything less than a legally binding and agreed outcome falls far short of the mark.”

John Sauven, Greenpeace: “It seems there are too few politicians in this world capable of looking beyond the horizon of their own narrow self-interest, let alone caring much for the millions of people who are facing down the threat of climate change.”

Kate Horner, Friends of the Earth: “This toothless declaration, being spun by the US as an historic success, reflects contempt for the multilateral process and we expect more from our Nobel prize winning president.”

Tim Jones, World Development Movement: “This summit has been in complete disarray from start to finish, culminating in a shameful and monumental failure that has condemned millions of people around the world to untold suffering.”


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