Climate justice and energy
Friends of the Earth International today warned Ministers arriving at the UN climate talks in Bali that they have a huge task ahead at these talks if they are to be deemed a success. Ministers must seriously reassess the consequences for the future viability of the post 2012 Kyoto commitment period if they fail to agree on key issues. Ministers must be prepared to shift on major issues, with agreement needed on a strong target range for Annex I reductions and commitments needed for resources to tackle climate change in the developing world, both in terms of adaptation and the means to build low carbon economies.
Peoples from all over the globe took part in the Solidarity Village for a Cool Planet, an initiative from different social organizations and movements fighting against ecological and social injustice and working for alternatives to the policies and practices that destroy livelihoods and the environment.
On the 10th anniversary of the agreement of the Kyoto Protocol, Friends of the Earth International urged industrialised countries to celebrate by announcing a commitment to agree further cuts in greenhouse gas emissions of at least 40 per cent by 2020.
Environmental groups at the United Nations climate talks in Bali today urged governments to reject a new World Bank initiative promoting the inclusion of forests in carbon markets. The World Bank initiative, known as the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) is set to be launched on Tuesday 11th December in Bali as part of the discussions on ‘Reducing Emissions through Deforestation in Developing countries’ (REDD).
7 December, 2007 - Informal trade talks scheduled to take place in Bali this weekend could seriously threaten the opportunity for a just and sustainable way forward on tackling climate change, Friends of the Earth International warned on the eve of the talks (Friday).
November 29, 2007 -- Biofuels must not be promoted as a solution to climate change, Friends of the Earth International said today, just a few days before key United Nations climate change talks start in Bali, Indonesia.
26 November 2007 -- On 3-14 December, the thirteenth annual negotiating conference for members of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change will take place on the Indonesian island of Bali. Friends of the Earth International will be lobbying for the launch of an ambitious roadmap at the negotiations that will lead to real changes that are urgently needed in order to address the climate crisis.
A new report launched on November 26 provides nine testimonies from community members around the globe who have dramatic first-hand experience of the devastating impacts of climate change.
On 12-17 November a synthesis report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) will be adopted and approved by governments in Valencia, Spain.
24 September 2007 – The Chair of Friends of the Earth International, Meena Raman, warns the world’s Heads of State today that ‘climate justice’ needs to be urgently addressed in the fight against global warming.
3 JULY 2007 – An official inspection will begin on July 15 on the West-African Gas Pipeline, a project led by US oil giant Chevron with support from the World Bank.
7 June 2007 - Campaigners warned that today’s statement on climate change by leaders of the eight most industrialised nations (or G8) meeting here is weak and lacks substance, but reveals the urgent need to tackle climate change.
May 8, 2007 - Complaints are being filed today, May 8, in three European countries against a shameless advert that makes exaggerated and misleading green claims about oil giant Shell's operations.
BANGKOK, THAILAND, 4 May 2007 – The world’s leading scientists say governments can tackle climate change and that the solutions are affordable and available, in a key United Nations (UN) report published here today.
May 2, 2007 – On the day prior to oil giant Shell's quarterly earnings report (May 3), Friends of the Earth International called on the Anglo-Dutch company to immediately respect a court order to stop gas flaring in Nigeria by 30th April. Gas flaring is a destructive practice which costs the African country about US$2.5 billion annually, while more than 66% of its population is estimated to live on less than US $1 a day.
April 27, 2007 -- The world's leading scientists and world governments are to meet in Bangkok, Thailand from 30 April ahead of publication on May 4 of the third part of a key United nations report on climate change.
April 13, 2007 -- On the eve of the World Bank’s annual Spring Meetings (Apr. 14-15) Friends of the Earth International challenged the bank's 184 government shareholders to halt all funding for projects contributing to climate change.
APRIL 6, 2007 – Friends of the Earth International has demanded steep emissions cuts by all rich countries and more funding for climate change adaptation in developing countries, after the world's leading scientific experts today warned that the world's poor - who have done least to pollute the atmosphere - will suffer most as the planet heats up. Despite the negligible historical emissions of greenhouse gases by the least developed countries, their people will bear the brunt of climate change, as they are the most vulnerable to the impacts and least able to adapt.
29 March, 2007 -- On 2nd -5th April, the world's leading scientific experts are to gather in Brussels, Belgium, to launch the second volume from the United Nation's Fourth Assessment Report, which addresses climate impacts, adaptation and vulnerability. The report is expected to portray a bleak future for the world's poorest countries, which have done least to pollute the atmosphere.
29 March, 2007 -- On 2nd -5th April, the world's leading scientific experts are to gather in Brussels, Belgium, to launch the second volume from the United Nation's Fourth Assessment Report, which addresses climate impacts, adaptation and vulnerability. The report is expected to portray a bleak future for the world's poorest countries, which have done least to pollute the atmosphere. Despite the negligible historical emissions of greenhouse gases by the least developed countries, their people will suffer most from climate change, as they are the most vulnerable to the impacts and least able to adapt.