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December 09, 2011

The Sierra Club in Durban: Day Eleven

As the negotiations wind down, the policy folk settle in for the hard fight around the final outcome and the activists begin the final push to move decision makers. The day started with U.S. Youth delegate Abigail Borah interrupting U.S. climate negotiator Todd Stern to express her displeasure with the U.S. position here in Durban. While she was kicked out of the conference, her story prompted today's action on the hashtag #2late2wait to spread the word about the need for positive action. SSC delegates also took part in the U.S. Youth video "It's too late to wait."

Elizabeth May, former Sierra Club Canada director and member of parliament, took time to address the delegation on the role of Canada and Sierra Club Canada at the negotiations. This year, the leading party decided not to bring any opposition members on the delegations so they could provide a "unified front." But Papa New Guinea stepped in and got credentials for Elizabeth so she could participate.

The work also continued at the Sierra Club booth, where activists spoke with people from around the world interested in coal –- thanks everyone! Last, Justin Guay's panel discussions on the dangers of coal pollution were picked up by various outlet.

-- Lauren Ressler and Christa Owens


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