Delay kills - Ten red letters conquer the plenary

11 June, 2009 | GROW
Oxfam campaigners highlight need for urgent action as delegates meet at international climate talks. Credits: Robert van Walden.
Oxfam campaigners highlight need for urgent action as delegates meet at international climate talks. Credits: Robert van Walden.

Ten red letters took over the plenary. Ten red letters spelling out a simple and clear message to the delegates at the International Climate Change talks. Ten red letters stating: 'DELAY KILLS'.

The Oxfam campaigners holding up these letters clearly feel that delegates
are not moving forward fast enough. Japan for example announced that they
aim to cut their greenhouse gas by a mere 8% in 2020. This is well below
anything approaching what's needed. Even Yvo de Boer, Secretary General
of the UNFCC, admitted that: “For the first time in two and a half years
in this job, I just don't know what to say.” This makes the campaigners’
message all the more urgent and compelling.

Take the monsoon season in Mumbai. Usually it starts around the first week
of June. This year it is delayed, again – with negative effects on the
lives 1000s of people in India and South Asia. If we don’t get our act
together soon – our delay will cost many more lives.

Comments

my comment of yesterday

Dears,

If I understood well, this is a blog, open for discussion and comments. I posted a comment yesterday and it is invisible today. So I wonder why. I would very much like to understand whether the author of the blog received the comment. What is the policy for Oxfam's "blogs": are these just ways to share messages, unidirectionnaly, from Oxfam to the world? Or are these open forums for discussion and exchange of information?

Thank you for getting back to me on this.

Joelle Herin

Our edit policy on blogs

Dear Joelle, thanks for both of your comments. Don't worry, your original comment is definitely still posted: http://blogs.oxfam.org/en/node/1347#comment-257.

Indeed, our goal here is to stimulate discussion and explore ways to effect positive change, and to represent Oxfam's campaigning activities and policy positions.

Our edit policy is to allow people to comment freely, so we only 'post-moderate' comments, that is once they have been posted. We only delete spam. Otherwise, we use our editorial judgment whether to respond (e.g. as in this case, where you specifically asked a question).

We too were skeptical of Prime Minister Aso's announcement. Here is a short article from the WSJ about it: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB124462901241601729.html.

This report explains how global co-operation is key to a fair and adequate climate deal at the important meeting on Climate Change this December in Copenhagen: http://www.oxfam.org/en/policy/fair-climate-deal-copenhagen.

Thanks again for your comments!