Dec 14, 2009
Hundreds of activists in Copenhagen took to the streets on Tuesday for the 'food system change, not climate change' march. The aim was to highlight the fact that large scale industrial agriculture aggravates climate change rather than solving the climate problem.
German Environment Minister Norbert Roettgen takes delivery of 10,000 signatures collected by Friends of the Earth Germany / BUND calling for at least 40% emissions cuts by 2020 with no offsetting.
At 10am on Monday morning Anje von Broock and Tina Loeffelsend form Friends of the Earth Germany / BUND delivered 10,000 signatures collected via the DemandClimateJustice.org website calling for at least 40% cuts in carbon emissions from Germany and the EU by 2020.
The minister said he welcomed Friends of the Earth International's efforts to push governments forward.
Picking up on Chancellor Merkel’s remarks that she will not make unilateral commitments now, Anje and Tina reminded the German government that, industrialised countries have led the way in carbon emissions and now have to take the lead in reducing them in Copenhagen.
Drastic reductions of at least 40% are needed from rich countries at home without offsetting.
The minister responded by stating the German government's mid to long-term reductions targets of 80-95% by 2050. At which point Anje questioned the Minister's commitment to that pledge given the investment currently going into new coal fired power plants in the country.
"That is something we can debate back home" the minister responded.
We look forward to what will be a lively debate.
Friends of the Earth led a series of actions today in the UN climate conference in solidarity with African countries who demand that Kyoto targets for emissions reductions are protected.
Speaking to the cameras after the second action Nnimmo Bassey, Chair of Friends of the Earth International said the rich countries were "using dirty negotiating tactics..trying to change the rules and tilt them in their own favour."
African countries stood up to these tactics and during the action Friends of the Earth International chanted "We stand with Africa. Don't kill Kyoto targets"