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Naomi Klein Presents Angry Mermaid Award Today in Copenhagen
On Monday, activists staged a protest against the International Emissions Trading Association (IETA), during their Annual General Meeting in the Copenhagen city center. For its massive and climate-unfriendly lobbying, IETA has been nominated for the ‘Angry Mermaid Award’. The winner of the award will be revealed today by Naomi Klein at the Bella Center, where the negotiations take place. Other candidates include Shell, Monsanto and the European Chemical lobby CEFIC. An IETA businessmen invited one person to go inside and have a ‘dialogue’ with IETA members, which the action group refused.
Copenhagen, 14 Dec. 2009, CJA
IETA is the biggest industry lobby group present at the COP15 negotiations, bringing in 486 lobbyists. Their aim is the creation of a global market for greenhouse gas emissions, including the use of highly controversial offsetting projects through the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM). However, current carbon trading schemes like the ETS have proven not to reduce emissions, but largely generate profits for these companies. Offsetting and the CDM have been severely criticised because it allows rich countries to avoid making emissions cuts at home. There is strong evidence that many CDM projects are creating serious social and environmental problems in developing countries.
IETA embodies a large number of ‘climate profiteers’ like BP, Chevron, Rio Tinto, Deutsche Bank, Fortis Bank, KPMG and Deloitte and Touche. The IETA delegation at COP15 is headed by Henry Derwent, who is well connected in political circles, since he previously worked for the UK Department for the Environment.
More information on IETA’s lobbying can be found on:
Today, the "winner" will be revealed, and tomorrow will not be anti-climactic, since a major action is planned at the COP15 Summit itself - the call has gone out for international solidarity with the activists in Copenhagen. More than 1000 have been arrested, and some are still detained. Visit the Climate Justice Action website for more details:
Text adapted from the CJA website
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Members of Climate Justice Action turned down an offer to send a representative to the IETA table.