Chile cancels global climate summit amid mass protests

Posted: October 30, 2019 by oldbrew in climate, News, Travel

Somewhere has got about a month to arrange to receive 30,000 unexpected climate tourists – or whatever the absurdly bloated figure is. Sounds unlikely, so postponement beckons.

Chile has pulled out of hosting two major international summits, including a UN climate change conference, as anti-government protests continue, reports BBC News.

President Sebastián Piñera said the decision “caused him a lot of pain” but his government needed “to prioritise re-establishing public order”.

The COP25 climate summit was scheduled for December, while the Apec trade summit was due next month.

The UN said it was now “exploring alternative hosting options”.

Chile’s decision comes amid global climate protests, including a week of strikes led by environmental activist Greta Thunberg last month.

And as the news was announced, a US-based organisation also separately revealed that millions more people are at risk of coastal flooding from climate-driven sea-level rise within the next century than previously thought.

Meanwhile, it was hoped the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) forum – due to be held in Santiago from 15 to 17 November – would help ease tensions between the US and China.

White House officials said US President Donald Trump had been planning to meet Chinese President Xi Jinping at Apec, to discuss a possible trade deal.

The two nations have been locked in an escalating trade war for some 18 months.

This is a huge blow to hopes of progress on what many see as the crisis of climate change.

Just as the science becomes more robust about rising carbon levels driving up temperatures and triggering a range of dangerous impacts, diplomats and experts have been looking to the COP25 talks in December as a vital staging-post on the way to global action.

In particular developing countries – the most vulnerable to the effects of rising sea levels and stronger storms – were banking on the event to raise their claims for more help from the richest nations.

But the longer the unrest has continued on the streets of Santiago, the more the government of Chile must have worried about coping. Already there were reports of delays in building the massive conference venue for the tens of thousands of delegates and campaigners.

Now there’ll be a frantic search for another venue, and soon.

Full report here.

  1. oldbrew says:

    The cancellation of the UN climate conference is massively ironic as the riots in Chile were sparked by plans to hike public transit prices to keep up with higher energy costs from, as you’ve likely guessed, “green” energy.
    . . .
    Forcing people to tighten their belts to pay for inefficient “Green” energy may have been the straw that broke the camel’s back.

  2. ivan says:

    Maybe they should relocate the conference to Antarctica to remind the idiots what is more likely to happen.

  3. Jaime Jessop says:

    Oh dear. never mind. I hear Hull is nice this time of year, which will probably cut down considerably on the emissions.

  4. JB says:

    Heh heh heh… Pobrecitos.

  5. cognog2 says:

    Good. The less COPS we have the better. Just hope this further erodes the UN finances which I gather are getting a bit dicey. As for an alternative venue: How about an energy free area somewhere in Africa? The mud huts, charcoal and dicy water would perhaps concentrate minds.
    Oops! Sorry, I forgot that these COPS need plenty of fossil fuel support to exist.

  6. stpaulchuck says:

    ‘The UN said it was now “exploring alternative hosting options”.’
    Imam al-Gorehammad tells me the North pole is ice free now. Seems a fair place to hold it.

  7. oldbrew says:

    Must be accessible by boat. +1 for Hull 🤗

  8. craigm350 says:

    Reblogged this on WeatherAction News and commented:

  9. It doesn't add up... says:

    Do we hear the moans of the BBC types not able to enjoy a long haul jaunt to Santiago?

  10. hunterson7 says:

    Bravo. The sleeper awakens

  11. oldbrew says:

    The default venue is Bonn. Why do they need one every year anyway?
    – – –
    Huff Post moaning about the cancellation…

    Chile Canceling The Global Climate Summit Is A Dark Omen
    If political instability is throwing off United Nations climate talks now, what will the next few decades look like?

    Includes the usual ‘denier’ tripe.

  12. oldbrew says:

    Activists set sail across the Atlantic to Chile to demand curbs on flying
    Wed 2 Oct 2019

    Sailing ship leaves Amsterdam for COP25 climate summit with 36 campaigners on board
    – – –
    Unlucky 😆
    . . .
    Latest news…
    ‘Spain has volunteered Madrid as an alternative location. The Chileans have accepted and are recommending it to the UN.

    It seems that Chile will still hold the presidency of the COP but it will simply be held in Spain, if the UNFCCC agrees.’

  13. hunterson7 says:

    Hurray for the people of Chile. And shame on the sleazoid author and his gratuitous bit of climate fear bullshit.

  14. hunterson7 says:

    Greta gets a You Tube channel: