Abigail Borah ’13 Ejected from COP 17 for Disrupting Speech

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Abigail Borah ’13 was ejected from climate change negotiations at COP 17 in Durban, South Africa early today for interrupting top U.S. climate negotiator Todd Stern. She has been serving at the UN Summit as a member of the SustainUS youth delegation. She also served as a member of this delegation last year at COP 16 in Cancun, Mexico.

After nearly two weeks of stalled progress by the United States at the international climate talks, Borah delivered a passionate speech calling for an urgent path towards a fair and binding climate treaty and admonishing members of Congress for impeding global climate progress to internationl ministers and high level negotiators at the closing plenary of the Durban climate change negotiations. Borah’s speech was met with an eruption of applause while she was ejected from the talks shortly following her entreaty.

Borah told Stern that the U.S. negotiators “cannot speak on behalf of the United States of America (anymore),” highlighting that “the obstructionist Congress has shackled a just and delayed ambition for far too long.”

“I am scared for my future,” cried Borah. “2020 is too late to wait. We need an urgent path to a fair, ambitious, and legally binding treaty. You must take responsibility to act now.”

Part of Borah’s Speech

Coverage of the incident can be found on SustainUS.org, Democracy Now!, BBC News (second picture from the end), and the NY Times.

COP 17 will end this Friday with Borah being banned from the rest of the negotiations.

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23 thoughts on “Abigail Borah ’13 Ejected from COP 17 for Disrupting Speech

  1. Yes Ray, what a joke this negotiator from the United States is. The leadership of this country has been dragging its feet for many years without taking much meaningful action on the crisis of climate change. I’m happy someone representing the United States finally said the words the world has been waiting for.

    Thanks Ms. Borah!

    • Yeah, the sun’s really been getting hotter the past few decades. It just decided after a few billion years that it was time for a change. A change all other planets are experiencing proportionately to us, yeah?

    • Wouldn’t want to offend your religious beliefs, but climate change has been going on for billions of years and the Sun has an enormous impact.

    • Actually, in human time scales, that’s not true – while there are minor fluctuations in sun surface temperature (sunspots), they do not have a large enough effect (0.1% difference between minimum and maximum) to cause any sort of noticeable climate change on Earth.

  2. typical middkid – liberal self important hippie wasp who dont know anything about international relations.

    • Shall we recommend that people who don’t agree with the radical propaganda start interrupting the Environmental Studies Colloquium speakers with loud protests?

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  5. If any parents get the idea that their kids are being indoctrinated to become the kind of losers who occupy parks and spit at cops…they’re right.

    • you’re world view is so incredibly sheltered and misguided. read some world history. maybe you will notice that those “losers” are often the ones who end up writing it. revolutions, including the US revolution, are not made by those who follow the rules. they are made by people you have deemed losers.

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  11. funny how climate changers don’t like real science. no comment on here how scientist from CERN in Europe think there is a factor that people don’t control. the research was published in Nature Aug 2011. i wonder what the temps must have been like when people farmed and called Greenland – “Green” land. doesn’t sound like much ice to me.

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