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Copenhagen Day 2: Tuesday, December 8

Posted Dec. 8, 2009 / Posted by: AKitlas

Day 2: Tuesday, December 8

Take Action: Tell lead U.S. climate negotiator Jonathan Pershing to stop the back-room dealing in Copenhagen. Sign the petition and our team in Copenhagen will personally deliver all of your names to Mr. Pershing.

BREAKING: African civil society groups and parliamentarians marched this evening through the halls of the conference center in Copenhagen shouting: "2 degree - suicide! One degree - one Africa!." More on this emotional action to come soon!

Nnimmo Bassey, a leading environmental activist in Nigeria and chair of Friends of the Earth International, was interviewed on Democracy Now!, which is broadcasting live from Copenhagen. You can watch or listen to Nnimmo talk about the climate debt that developed countries like the U.S. owe to Africa. (His interview starts around 51:10 in the broadcast.)

BREAKING: Friends of the Earth responds to reports that the world's biggest polluters have produced a secret alternative to the draft text currently under negotiation at the UN climate summit in Copenhagen.

Read the release here. The synopsis: President Obama and his negotiating team must reject this text and start listening to the proposals of developing countries! The U.S. must start cooperating with the whole world to solve the problem -- and stop wheeling and dealing in back-room talks that unjustly marginalize the countries most vulnerable to climate chaos.

Watch Kate's tour of the Bella Center, where all the official negotiations are taking place in Copenhagen. You can catch this video and more here.

Today, tensions are coming to a head over the secret meetings that Danish leaders and representatives from the U.S. and some European Union countries have been holding. A secret negotiating text has been leaked and developing countries are rightly furious about it. Check out this coverage from the Guardian. We'll have more on this as the story develops.

Check out Elizabeth's recap of what happened in Day 1 of the negotiations.

See the latest from the climate talks.

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