Today’s winners of Fossil of the Day? Guess who!

Who else but the United States (US) and Russia! 


The US and Russia

Looks like the US and Russia share more than the ability to bully other countries, rig elections, and lead in climate-wrecking oil and gas production! They want to make loss and damage weak again

The US gets the fossil for opposing that money reach vulnerable communities through the Warsaw International Mechanism (WIM) for Loss and Damage, to deal with climate change impacts, which Uncle Sam has helped cause by being a massive polluter.

Russia gets to share the fossil award with the US for having the chutzpah to try and throw out human rights and gender from the loss and damage negotiations.

The US folks seem to have a very short memory. They’re forgetting that waaaay back in 2013, countries agreed to “enhance action and support, including finance” for loss and damage via the WIM. 

And Russia, come on! A record of human rights abuses both at home and blatantly at the international level? This is an overdose of bad vodka! You cannot revoke people’s right to life, to a home, and to education, with a stroke of a pen.

Hey Russia, if you don’t understand how gender, human rights, and climate are related, maybe you shouldn’t be part of this conversation?

All these basic human rights are at risk when the impacts of climate go beyond what it is possible to adapt to. If Russia paid more attention, it would know that women and children are amongst the most affected after a disaster. 

A special mention goes to Japan and Australia. You are also showing extreme hard-heartedness towards vulnerable developing countries who desperately need your support. Support – aka finance that was agreed to six years ago. Don’t find ridiculous reasons not to provide it now by focusing on insurance (insurance is not relevant for poor people - and why are we making the people on the frontline of climate impacts pay insurance premiums to cover climate damage they had no role in causing?)

A few countries gave us some hope in these negotiations. We are giving Canada, Colombia, Vanuatu, Mexico, New Zealand, Australia, Norway, and Switzerland the Ray of the Day for insisting on human rights in provisions of Article 6 regulating global carbon markets. There is no ambitious climate action without justice as well as respect for gender and human rights.  All these countries need to keep pushing for the inclusion of human rights and gender considerations until rules (that include these considerations) are adopted in Madrid.

All countries who are signatories to the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, are legally obliged to do more. They must push for the inclusion of Indigenous Rights in the text, and vocally recognize and demonstrate respect for Indigenous Rights and their right to sovereignty in their home countries. 

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