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Lobby: South Africa: Durban COP17! Since COP15, I wrote: Where are the Chinese voices at Klimaforum09?…they are still censoring!

2012: Is it getting any better by COP17? We must stand firm. ♥ I’ve been ranting since COP15! I would like to hear about Climate Change from the farmers whose lands were appropriated in Mainland China, from those having to deal with extreme pollution in all the huge cities of China, NGOs from the Pearl River Delta? Not governnment approved ones but real ones from the grassroot. Let people speak the truth?

This is an article I wrote for Klimaforum’09 during COP15, United Nations Climate Change Sumit in Copenhagen.

The original is  located at this link on the Klimaforum website:

http://old09.klimaforum.org/Where-are-the-Chinese-voices-at,217?lang=da

Where are the Chinese voices at Klimaforum09?
As a Hong Kong born Chinese Australian, walking around Klimaforum09 at the DGI center in Copenhagen, I cannot helped but wonder if chinese people are just not interested in Climate change. It prompted me to search of activists and chinese grassroot views on this urgent issue of climate change and climate justice.
By Cecilia.W.Yu 余詠詩
Audrey Eu, 余若薇, is a member of the Legislative Council of Hong Kong and is currently the party leader of the Civic Party lobbying for Democracy in Hong kong. Eu wrote in chinese,” We have the chance to turn things around. We must ask ourselves, will the many countries at COP15 drop the ego when we have a chance to ? 我們仍有機會可以扭轉乾坤,但各國必須犧牲小我”
The political commitment has been made by China to reduce CO2. So what is the status of actual implementation of sustainable solutions in China? What happens to the practical solutions coming from ordinary chinese people? In spite of years of active lobbying by Green Technology Lobbyist like Nigel Lam, Hong Kong SAR and China have as yet implemented any legislations that permits the use of Electric Vehicle on its roads. Lam said,”I am crazy about “Carbon Neutral China”- if I had a forum, I can make a sensible presentation.”
When asked about why there are no chinese grassroot representations at Climate Forum 09, a spokeswoman said,” We honestly dont know. We tried to reach chinese groups in every way we could via Official Chinese Government channels. We even tried translating the invitation into chinese via internet translation programmes and sadly, no one got back to us. We would love to have ordinary chinese people here China is crucial to ALL efforts to implement any Global Ecological solutions.”
Larry Au is part of an environmental advocacy group at Hong Kong International High School. He explained,” Opportunities of remedying the disastrous effects of decades of unregulated industrialization are being lost as the government sits back and allow local officials to take bribes from factory owners.Grassroot organizations in China can only do so much to effect change because of Chinese political climate. Only through soft-handed dealings and gentle coaxing will an international agreement on climate change be made with China.”
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6 comments on “Lobby: South Africa: Durban COP17! Since COP15, I wrote: Where are the Chinese voices at Klimaforum09?…they are still censoring!

  1. Serena Jankowski
    March 8, 2013

    I like my steak, but let me tell you this:those veggies are pretty darn good by themselves if you’re eating them with the people you love and steak leaves a much higher carbon footprint so you are not doing any good for the future of people you care for so switch to other kinds of meat. Make a chicken pen, With a little sand, rocks, cement and the right containers, you can make your own. You cannot do that with a cow.

    • ceciliawyu
      March 11, 2013

      Serena, other people told me this as well. But seriously, do you expect me to wring the neck of a chicken?
      I don’t think that is humanly possible for me. I like animals and if I see them from when they were little growing up, there is no way this will happen…they will just end up being given esoteric and/or ironic names by me and I will once again end up with my own petting zoo…which was exactly what happened when my grandmother decided to keep ducks, chickens, rabbits, turtles, fishes, birds rescued from her local market in Hong kong…I was the only girl I know in the city to have my own petting zoo of 10 different kinds of animals….she had a big flat! Lol.

      Same thing with my friends in Canada..they were all like eco-living Goats etc…guess what? They can’t kill them, they ended up with a hobby farm and at best they lived on goat’s cheese and milk….

      Let us be sensible…you want to be green…theories are nice..but there has to be some common sense in it. 🙂

      I assure you killing your own chicken will really not look pretty like this picture and I just can’t do it…sorry, I don’t think it will work for me…but yes, I am happy to eat more veges. 🙂

  2. Aline Hoskins
    March 6, 2013

    Fabulous, what a blog it is! This blog presents useful ways to push for climate justice, keep it up.

  3. world is not dumpster!
    March 6, 2013

    Hi friends, nice urging for real action not political garbage commented here, I really enjoying your style.

  4. yarn dumpster diva
    March 6, 2013

    Greetings I am so excited I found your site, I am here now and would just like to say cheers for a fun post about knitting and
    a all round exciting blog (I also love the theme/design), When I have time I will be back to read much more, Please do keep up the great work. I wanted to share this top-down dress pattern with you. : knittinginatree.wordpress.com/2011/03/25/introducing-my-dumpster-diving-diva-dress/

    • ceciliawyu
      March 15, 2013

      Thanks but you know I don’t REALLY knit…cant’ stand it…no patience…I sort of poke at wool with a needle until I get something I can just show to the iron needle workers and they look at it and go,” Cecilia, gorgeous designs…dreadful knitting!” and then 2 weeks later they make it perfectly…I love them! Read about them here: https://ceciliayu.com/2013/02/05/four-seasons-needle-workers/

      XO

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