Jose Bravo: On the betrayals of Copenhagen and the continuing struggle for climate justice
President Obama brokered an 11th-hour deal at the UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen with China, Brazil, India, and South Africa and returned home claiming victory. Yet the agreement shut out the majority of participating governments altogether and set no clear targets for carbon emissions reductions. Social movements and Third World governments took a strong stand for a climate justice and ecological debt framework, yet now must look ahead to the next round of climate negotiations in Mexico City to win a substantive and just international agreement. Jose Bravo, Director of the Just Transition Alliance based in San Diego, was on the ground in Copenhagen as part of a US climate and environmental justice delegation that took to the streets in support of demands from the the Third World.