HOST COUNTRY, POLAND, A MARCHING CELEBRATION TO BURNING FOSSIL FUELS DURING UNITED NATION’S ANNUAL CLIMATE CHANGE CONFERENCE IN DECEMBER 2018.
The United Nations Climate Change Conferences are yearly conferences held in the framework of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). They serve as the formal meeting of the UNFCCC Parties to assess progress in dealing with climate change, and beginning in 1995, to negotiate the Kyoto Protocol to establish legally binding obligations for developed countries to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions.
Poland is hosting the United Nation’s 2018 Annual Climate Conference in the beginning of December this year. During his welcome speech president Duda of Poland said that during his term as leader of Poland there would be no scaling down burning coal in Poland, as coal is providing 80% of the country’s energy. On the contrary Poland has plans to start new coal mines soon. As a welcome to the attendees of the climate change conference, he had arranged for the polish coal miner’s band to march and play, and in the conference facilities there were exhibitions of coal in many different forms. Coal was proudly displayed in cases around the convention pavilions. Coal, fashioned into jewelry, was for sale. A coal-based cosmetic company even touted products that it claimed would treat both “body and soul.”
Burning coal is a part of daily life in Poland. As a result, the country has some of the most polluted air in the European Union, and 33 of its 50 dirtiest cities.
Read about how coal was promoted in the full article from New York Times here:
With an attitude like the one of the President of Poland, which also is found in USA by Donald Trump, it is clear, that progressive people and countries of the world have a lot of work to do teaching and convincing the climate deniers.
There is a need for a change in mindset and a change in seeking short term economic solutions locally for individual nations.
Follow the results of this conference.