Dec 09, 2011
This afternoon hundreds of climate justice activists staged a protest at the UN climate talks in support of a strong and fair agreement to protect Africa and the world.
FoEI's Chair Nnimmo Bassey said:
“The people have spoken loud and clear: we need climate justice now and this means urgent action. Yet the politicians inside the talks are once again failing to deliver. If urgent, ambitious action is not taken the lives of millions will be in peril.”
“Developed countries are responsible for this crisis. They must now stop trying to protect their polluters. They must commit to the ambitious emissions reductions the science and justice tell us we need to avoid catastrophic climate change.”
As world leaders met in Durban, South Africa to discuss efforts to tackle global warming, Friends of the Earth International were there calling on the rich developed countries, which have historically emitted the most greenhouse gases, to agree to urgent and dramatic cuts in their emissions.
Members of the FoEI delegation carry a 'no carbon trading' banner on the streets of Durban during the Global Day of Action. We're calling on developed countries to tackle climate change by urgently making real changes at home.
Carbon offsetting – when developed countries buy carbon credits from developing countries to avoid cutting emissions themselves – has no part to play in a just international agreement to fight climate change.
We believe in climate justice which means emission cuts in developed countries, and money for developing countries to grow cleanly and adapt to the effects of climate change – but it also means a change in our consumption patterns.
coverage of the talks and further reading
- Disastrous "durban package" accelerates onset of climate catastrophe
- Read all our press releases relating to the talks
- Call one of South Africa's largest polluters to get out of the climate change negotiations
- Stop land grabbing for palm oil in Uganda
FoEI Chair Nnimmo Bassey blogs for the New Internationalist
- Durban became a procrastinators' paradise
- There is no planet b
- The Kyoto Protocol is in grave danger
- Challenging climate apartheid
- Are Durban climate talks worth the bother
Updates from Durban: inside and outside the talks
- The silver lining to a terribly dark cloud - the Green Climate Fund and Durban
- Civil society takes action in Durban for a fair agreement
- 3,000 people demand EU leadership at climate talks
- The youth take a stand
- Profiting from pollution: an introduction to carbon trading
- Fighting climate change on the frontline
- 10,000 people demand climate justice
- Keep corporations out of the Green Climate Fund
- Durban in Brussels: European youth convergence for climate justice
- Exposing climate killers
- FoE US: Climate talks begin with tragic deaths
- REDD in the real world
- Will they listen?
- How corporations rule: a series of case studies exposing corporate influence in climate negotiations
- In the REDD: Australia's carbon offset project in central Kalimantan
- Briefing: Changing the system not the climate
- Carbon markets briefing: our climate is not for sale
- Factsheet: Our climate, our say
Young Friends of the Earth
- Listen to the coverage on our web based radio station Real World Radio
- View photos from the events taking place inside and outside the talks
- View a more extensive selection of high resolution photos on our Flickr account
Civil society events in Durban
Yesterday Friends of the Earth International handed the head of the EU delegation in Durban a list of over 3000 people who have written in to demand strong EU leadership at the UN climate talks.
3,040 people sent a letter via our on-line action, calling on Mr. Tomasz Chruszczow and the EU to take a strong position on the following topics:
- Unconditionally support a second commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol, the only legally-binding climate agreement.
- Agree to a legally-binding reduction in greenhouse gas emissions of at least 40 per cent domestically by 2020.
- Close current loopholes, like carbon trading, which allow the EU to keep polluting.
As the Durban negotiations are nearing a close, the EU must show the world that it is serious about tackling climate change and sign a strong and fair agreement.