Bali Joins Global Day for Tough Action on Climate Change
Friends of the Earth International
Advance: Saturday 8th December 2007
BALI JOINS GLOBAL DAY FOR TOUGH ACTION ON CLIMATE CHANGE
BALI, INDONESIA – People in Bali will call for tough action to tackle climate change at a march and rally on 8th December (Saturday) as people around the world join the Global Day of Action on Climate Change.
Activists from across Indonesia will call for climate justice and deep cuts in greenhouse gas emissions across the developed world. The Bali march will be the focus for thousands of people who have gathered for a civil society forum running alongside the UN Climate Change talks. Friend of the Earth International Chair Meena Raman will address the rally.
Many also want to see an end to the promotion of agrofuels as a solution to climate change and protection for the world’s forests and the people who depend on them to survive.
Friends of the Earth International Climate Coordinator Joseph Zacune said:
“Negotiators inside the UN talks in Bali must listen to the voices of people in the streets and tackle these talks with more urgency. People all around the world are demanding climate justice. The pressure is on government delegates here in Bali to deliver the outlines of a future agreement which recognises the rights and needs of people in the developing world.”
WALHI (Friends of the Earth Indonesia) Deputy Director Farah Sofi said:
“Climate change is already affecting the lives of people here in Indonesia. It is crucial that the solutions being put forward do not make that situation worse. Demand for agrofuels is contributing to deforestation and increasing carbon emissions. This is bad news for the climate and bad news for forest people as it destroys the very natural resources they depend upon.”
Events to mark the Global Day of Action are taking place in more than 80 countries around the world. For more information see http://www.globalclimatecampaign.org/
The Indonesian Forum for Environment (WALHI - Friends of the Earth Indonesia) is the largest forum of non-government and community-based organisations in Indonesia. It is represented in 25 provinces and has over 438 member organisations see: www.walhi.or.id
Friends of the Earth International is the world’s largest grassroots environmental network, with national groups in 69 countries and more than 2 million members and supporters. See www.foei.org
For more information about the civil society forum – the Solidarity Village for a Cool Planet running from 7-10 December - see www.viacampesina.org
FOR MORE INFORMATION IN BALI:
Joseph Zacune, Friends of the Earth International climate coordinator.
Indonesian mobile number +62.813.3896995 (Dec. 1-14)
Farah Sofa (known as Ovi), Deputy Director of WALHI (Friends of the Earth
Indonesia) Indonesian mobile number: +62.811.194773
Juana Camacho, Climate coordinator(Spanish and English) + 62 813 38969962
(Dec. 1-10 only)
Hildebrando Velez, Climate coordinator, (Spanish and English, only until
10 Dec.) + 62 813 38969942
Helen Burley, Friends of the Earth International media officer
Indonesian mobile number +62 813 38969937 (Dec. 1-14 only)
Fay, Walhi (Friends of the Earth Indonesia) media officer
Indonesian mobile number +62 815 8070717
Niccolo Sarno, Friends of the Earth International media coordinator
Indonesian mobile number + 62 0813 38969973 (Dec. 1-14 only)