friends of the earth international
g8: climate alarm planned: international
public call to action on 7 july
EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND, June 24, 2005 --
Friends of the Earth International has
formally launched a call for an International
Alarm for Climate Justice at 13:45pm (local
time) on Thursday 7th July 2005.
During the G8 Summit in Gleneagles (
Scotland ) the global environmental group is
looking for individuals and groups in
Scotland, and throughout the world, to sound
warning bells to wake the G8 leaders up to
the fact that time is running out to tackle
People around the world can register their
support by visiting
The time of 13:45 is symbolic because the G8
nations represent just 3% of the world's
people, but account for 45% of the world's
emissions of climate-changing pollutants.
The ‘climate alarm' is already being backed
in countries in Africa, Europe , North
America , South America and Asia .
In the UK the 'climate alarm' has also been
backed by a number of faith groups including
the Church of Scotland and Islamic Relief
Scotland. The Church of Scotland is urging
churches to ring their bells while Islamic
Relief is encouraging mosques to hold calls
to prayer. St. Paul 's cathedral in London
already announced it will ring its bells.
Meena Raman, Chair of Friends of the Earth
"Rising sea levels, extreme weather and
shortages of food and water will affect
billions of poor people before this century
ends. But most of the emissions come from
rich countries. The G8 nations represent 13%
of the world's people but are responsible for
45% of the world's carbon dioxide emissions.
That's climate injustice.
"The G8 leaders are unlikely to venture far
from Gleneagles when they meet there in July.
But we can make sure they hear our demands.
people all over Scotland and throughout the
world will be sounding an alarm for climate
justice at 13:45 on Thursday 7th July. Join
in. Let everyone know you care, and help make
world leaders take responsibility for the
problems they have caused."
For full information about what Friends of
the Earth is planning in the run up to G8
for more information
Friends of the Earth in Scotland:
Lang Banks on +44-131 554 9977 or (pager)
Friends of the Earth International:
Catherine Pearce, Co-ordinator of the
Climate Change Programme
+44 (0)20 7566 1723 or +44 (0) 7811
notes to editors:
 The Church of Scotland is urging
churches to ring their bells while
Islamic Relief is encouraging mosques to
hold calls to prayer. Both groups want
supporters to signal to leaders of the
richest nations of the urgency of major
reductions in greenhouse gas emissions and as
an act of solidarity with across the globe
stand to lose most from our profligacy
Friends of the Earth wants to see
commitments from the G8 leaders in the
Global average temperatures must not be
allowed to rise two degree centigrade
higher than pre-industrial levels .
An agreement by G8 nations for
specific, substantial and timetabled cuts
in their domestic emissions of greenhouse
An agreement that offers innovative and
substantial financing mechanisms to
increase and diversify the energy mix.
Urgent assistance is needed for those
developing countries already facing the
devastating effects of climate change.