Leave it to youth participants at the UN Climate Change Conference to have the most fun criticizing government. Hundreds of people line up at 6 p.m. daily for the awards presentation called, “Fossil of the Day.”
The fossils, represented by lumps of coal, are presented in an elaborate awards ceremony at the Bali Convention Center. The Avaaz group’s Web site says there is “a high degree of certainty” that Canada and the United States are doing the most to obstruct progress at the climate change negotiations in Bali.
During United Nations climate change negotiations (www.unfccc.int), members of the the worldwide Climate Action Network, vote for the country judged to have made the worst input to the negotiations. Usually, three Fossil-of-the-day awards are presented each conference day, sometimes only two or one – depending on the number of countries with outstanding efforts to block progress at the negotiations in the last days.
Presenter Ben Wilker, of the Climate Action Network said:
“First prize for Dec. 13th goes to USA, CANADA, JAPAN, and RUSSIA
The USA, Canada, Japan, and Russia share top honours—er, bottom dishonours—for relentlessly blocking any reference to the 25-40% cuts by 2020 in the Bali road map. The science couldn’t be clearer that cuts in this range are necessary to avert the worst of the climate crisis. Russia initiated the removal of the targets several days ago, and the USA, Canada, and Japan have fought to ensure that they don’t come back in. It’s like they’re piloting the Titanic, refusing to change course; except instead of merely hitting icebergs, they’re melting them.”
Last Sunday, three youth groups united for a publicity stunt on the beach in Bali, using bodies to form a globe falling off into the water.