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300 foe activists form giant eu “energy” flag

Friends of the Earth Europe and 300 activists from around the region sent a strong message to heads of state at the annual 2007 European Union Spring Summit that our future must be powered by safe, renewable energy.

EU energy flagThe action was fuelled by FoE Europe’s concern about what appear to be EU double standards on cutting emissions: while the EU has acknowledged that developed countries must reduce their emissions by 30 percent by 2020, it will only be reducing its own emissions by 20 percent.

FoE Europe’s action took place on March 9 right outside the venue for the Spring Summit, as delegates got set to forge the path for the EU’s future energy policy. Activists from 15 countries around Europe travelled long distances by bus to Brussels to take part. Together they helped form a giant EU energy flag, which featured yellow stars bearing symbols of the sun, wind turbines and energy efficient light bulbs. Other stars featured “crossed-out” symbols of nuclear energy, coal, and oil to clearly show these polluting energy forms are not the way forward.

A large banner placed in the middle of the stars read “Stop climate change! Cut energy waste. Choose renewables”. The entire flag was erected on a scaffold that allowed activists to stand amongst the symbols.  The mood amongst the activists was buoyant, and even constant rain did not stop people from chanting slogans and dancing. Media coverage was excellent.

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