Copenhagen climate change talks suspended as certain countries refuse to cooperate

Posted By: The Ski Channel on December 14, 2009 5:51 am

The struggle to save our snow culture is a constant one. We skiers and snowboarders know how serious the threat of climate change is to our lifestyles…even more serious to our future generations…so we are saddened to hear news like this.

The climate change summit has been suspended indefinitely due to the anger some countries feel at how the negotiations have been proceeding. The countries who have withdrawn are mostly developing countries, however, some are wealthy, like South Korea. All of the countries involved in the suspension make up the G77-China bloc (130 nations). This bloc speaks for developing nations in the negotiation process. They are frustrated that wealthy nations have not gone above and beyond what was required of them in the 1997 signing of the Kyoto Protocol. From the BBC: “They point out that the Kyoto Protocol is the only international legally binding instrument that has curbed carbon emissions, and also that it contains functioning mechanisms for bringing development benefits to poor countries such as money for investment in clean energy projects. Previously during this meeting – formally called the Conference of the Parties (COP) 15 – developing countries have accused the Danish chairs of ignoring their concerns.”
These developing nations feel they contribute the least to climate change, yet they suffer just as much. They must be appeased before the talks can continue.
We hope this can be resolved soon. The world will not wait. Neither will our ski runs.