As the effects of climate change continue to hit peak levels of catastrophe, global leaders have been promising a new climate agreement through the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Conference of Parties (COP). From failing to sign the Kyoto Accord (1992), to undermining efforts for binding agreements at COP15 in Copenhagen (2009), the US has been playing a contradictory dual role of both moving forward a minimal level of climate action while assuring that the interests of transnational corporate polluters are protected.
The world is confronting three fundamentally interrelated crises today: economic, ecological, and the crisis of empire. In the U.S. alone, over 17 million people are officially unemployed, and economists across the political spectrum recognize that global capitalism is in a deep crisis. Meanwhile the most destructive impacts of climate change–such as extreme storms and the disappearance of water sources–are threatening communities worldwide who have the least responsibility for climate change and the least resources to adapt to and survive it.