Environmental rights group 350.org has come down hard on political leaders who they say have shown weakness in the face of the climate emergency. The organisation said it is disappointed in political leaders who attended the Conference of Parties (CoP) to the United Nations climate change negotiations, which concluded in Madrid, Spain, this weekend after a marathon deadlock on hard-line positions.
"These climate talks were marked by the breaking of the barrier between civil society and the official negotiations, when indigenous leaders and youth activists took the stage to highlight the wide gulf between the type of plans and actions compatible with the science and the actual state of the negotiations, which have been dragging on with little or no progress and in glaring denial of the reality of the climate emergency," the organisation said in a statement.
Robert Mogori who works with the organisation in Kenya, said that politicians have not shown the leadership expected, even though the people are actually the ones who put them in power.
Mogori said the CoP25 is indicative of what can be expected the next time the CoP gets together in Glasgow next year.
CoP 25 concluded over 40 hours later than expected with no progress on the major sticking points related to carbon markets, loss and damage and increased adaptation finance under the Paris Agreement.