Nov 19, 2009
More than five thousand people from around the world joined our Flood for climate justice on Saturday December 12 as we Flooded the streets of Copenhagen demanding climate justice and an end to offsetting carbon emissions.
The spectacular, blue-coloured crowd flooded through the streets of Copenhagen with a clear message to decision makers that offsetting carbon emissions – the practice whereby rich industrialised countries pay developing countries to cut emissions rather than making cuts at home – is unfair, and does l not lead to cuts in greenhouse gas emissions.
We believe that carbon offsets, which currently form part of a UN climate agreement, do not lead to any overall reduction in greenhouse gas emissions.
The "flood for climate justice" was made up of Friends of the Earth activists from more than twenty different countries, as well as allies of Friends of the Earth from a wide range of social and environmental movements, and a large number of Danish people.
The flood began outside the Klimaforum09, civil society climate conference, with speeches from our Chair Nnimmo Bassey, Henry Saragih, General Coordinator of La Via Campesina and Amparo Miciano, World March for Women to highlight the social and environmental impacts of climate change, and the struggle against false solutions such as carbon offsetting.
The participants, most of them dressed in blue ponchos, then 'flooded' through the streets of Copenhagen, in a colorful procession carrying flags and banners, chanting "Demand Climate Justice" and "No Offsetting". The event ended in front of the Danish Parliament with the creation of a massive human banner reading 'Offsetting is a false solution'.
The flood also carried messages from people who are directly affected by climate change, or who are struggling against false solutions such as carbon offsetting.
View some of these messages from the 'Climate capsule'
Nnimmo Bassey, Friends of the Earth International chair, stated:
"Carbon offsetting has no benefits for the climate or for developing countries – it only benefits developed countries, carbon speculators and major polluters who want to continue business as usual. Friends of the Earth International denounces carbon offsetting as a false solution to the climate crisis, and urges governments to search for fair and sustainable solutions.”
Palle Bendsen from NOAH / friends of the Earth Denmark stated:
"It is amazing to see so many people from around the world coming together to form a flood of public opinion against offsetting and to demand climate justice in Copenhagen. The flood for climate justice sends a clear signal to decision makers that the world is watching, and we expect them to find fair and strong solutions to the urgent climate crisis.”