Chile climate pullout prompts tears from young activists sailing Atlantic

Posted: November 1, 2019 by oldbrew in climate, News, Travel

At least they won’t need to make the bus trip from Rio to Santiago – if Spain is confirmed as the new venue. The best laid schemes of mice and men…and all that.

News of Santiago summit’s cancellation reportedly came as heavy blow but youngsters decide to push ahead with boat trip, reports Jonathan Watts for The Guardian.

Chile’s decision to withdraw as host of the Cop 25 UN climate conference has prompted tears and frustration from a group of school-strike activists sailing across the Atlantic to attend the talks.

But the young campaigners say they are determined to continue their journey to hold other civil society meetings in South America, and may only consider charting a new course if the United Nations accepts Spain’s offer to act as an emergency host of the summit.

The shock announcement by the Chilean president, Sebastián Piñer,a was the latest in a series of setbacks for the 36 young European campaigners on board the Regina Maris sailboat, which left Amsterdam on 2 October.

The vessel had to make an unexpected stop in France because of problems with the water purification system.

The weather has been rough and several passengers were seasick, including 18-year-old Adelaïde Charlier, a co-organiser with Anuna De Wever of the Youth for Climate movement in Belgium.

Full report here.

  1. oldbrew says:

    The report also says:
    The British film-maker James Levelle is halfway through a 100-day, 7,000-mile fossil-free journey to Santiago. Supporters say he may not even be aware that the climate summit has been cancelled.

  2. Gamecock says:

    Truants turn back for emerging emergency climate emergency convention.

  3. oldbrew says:

    Santiago summit setback stuns seasick school-strike sailors.

  4. hunterson7 says:

    So speaking of popular authentic uprisings, I would be grateful for a rational summary of what the heck is going on in Britain.

  5. Gamecock says:

    “I would be grateful for a rational summary of what the heck is going on in Britain.”

    So would the British. You are wrong to expect anything rational.

  6. A C Osborn says:

    Democracy died the day after Brexit won the Referendum.
    What you have witnessed is it’s death throes.

  7. oldbrew says:

    Turn the boat round…

    COP25 Will Take Place in Madrid from 2 to 13 December 2019

  8. Graeme No.3 says:

    If those activists on the boat to South America are still in France (or within sailing distance of a Spanish port) then the decision is easy. Get off the boat and walk to Madrid. (Avoid snow drifts on the way).

  9. Phoenix44 says:

    What’s going on in Britain is a struggle between those who think they have a right to decide how the country is run – and by who and where – and those who think they don’t have that right. What started as a relatively simple thing – a vote to leave the EU – has been escalated by the Elites to a full-on battle for control of the nation’s political and legal institutions. What gas become obvious us that this is not really about the EU but the entrenched power of the Establishment and its supporters. The EU has enabled power to be shifted away from elected representatives to unelected, remote, self-selecting bureaucrats who rule over ever-increasing amounts of our lives

  10. Graeme No.3 says:

    But unelected, remote, self-selecting (and rewarding) bureaucrats surely wouldn’t seem dictatorial?

    I mean look at the decision to “save” electricity by reducing the capacity of electric kettles. An intelligent 12 year old could have pointed out that lower heat input rate meant longer time to reach boiling point (and more time for heat loss) wouldn’t save electricity.

    So presumably you think that the EU only employs unelected, remote, self-selecting (and rewarding) bureaucrats with a mental age less than 12.

  11. oldbrew says:

    Graeme – The kettles thing was probably to lower peak load on the grid system e.g. half-time in big sporting events.

    Hunterson7 re. what the heck is going on in Britain – an election to try and get a majority that would vote through the new watery pro-EU Brexit deal before the latest 31st January ‘deadline’.

  12. oldbrew says:

    Tony Heller torpedoes climate hypocrites once again.

    ‘Leader of our time’: Leonardo DiCaprio’s gushing praise for Greta Thunberg
    9 hours ago
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