Clash at Copenhagen
"I regret to report we have been unable to reach agreement," said John Ashe of Antigua to the full 193-nation conference in Copenhagen Wednesday morning. The Global Climate Meeting, which concludes Friday, has been called a failure by one of the organizers Anne Petermann, saying there are “thousands of other solutions to climate change that aren’t being considered.” Meanwhile, outside the Bella Luna Center is another story. Riot police have arrested 250 demonstrators, as water cannons, pepper spray, and batons have been used against the crowd. “Danish police have been violating human rights all week,” says Richard Bernard, a member of one of the protest groups. A group of delegates attending the conference attempted to meet with the protesters, but were driven back by the police as skirmishes broke out between the police and protesters.
The goal for this year’s meeting was to set new goals for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and for finding ways to finance poorer countries’ efforts to cope with climate change; all of which, as reported The Associated Press, has not been accomplished. Connie Hedegaard, the Danish chairwoman of the conference who stepped down from her position last night told the delegates, “In these very hours, we are balancing between success and failure. Success is still within reach. But I must also warn you: we can fail.”
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