14 November 2000
build a dike around world leaders !!!
save the climate treaty !!!
friends of the earth international bring
thousands to dike action at the hague
(14th Nov) This week, thousands of people
from all over the world will descend on The
Hague climate change negotiations to
participate in the mega-DIKE ACTION organised
by Friends of the Earth International.
Citizens will travel by bike, bus, train and
boat to show governments that they must not
fail us on the Kyoto Protocol !
The first citizens’ bus started its
journey to The Hague climate conference this
morning from Estonia. 74 activists from 10
Baltic environmental groups will join
dike-builders travelling from every part of
the continent, eager to bring their message
to world leaders.
It will take three days for the Baltic bus
to get to The Hague. „We don‘t care how long
and tiresome the trip will be - our aim is no
less than saving of the climate treaty,“ said
Ms Hanna Maran of Friends of the Earth
Estonia, organiser of the bus trip.
The sand-bag Dike is expected to be 1
kilometre long and 1.5 metres high. It will
be decorated with banners, flags and slogans
from groups and individuals from around the
world. Music, theatre and art events will
also be taking place, and there will be
speakers and witnesses of extreme weather
FOE participants will come from over 45
countries, from Norway to Nigeria, and from
Chile to the Czech Republic.
Nov.18th DIKE ACTION
The Nederlandse Congress Centrum,
Churchill Plein, Johan De Witt Laan:
12:15 - Welcoming Speeches, Climate
12:45 - 15:00 Building of the Dike
15:00 - Closing Speech by Ricardo
Ricardo Navarro, Chair of Friends of the
Earth International commented:
“The Hague talks may be the last chance to
rescue the 1997 Kyoto agreement to fight
man-made climate change. This year has seen
severe weather disasters all over the world.
Thousands have died, and millions have seen
their homes and livelihoods damaged or
destroyed. We will see more of this with
climate change! We are here to bear witness
to what is already happening, and to demand
that Governments act now to save our children
from the terrible danger of climate
Our experts on the politics and science of
climate change will also be present
throughout the Kyoto Protocol talks. We are
available for expert analysis, advice and
comment at any time. We never close!
For further infomation please contact:
Ian Willmore: +44 7887 641344 (Press
Mieke van Tankeren + 31 06 295 93 873
Eugene van Haaren + 31 06 15 558 055
Friends of the Earth Europe office in
Brussels: + 0032 2 542 0180