MARRAKECH, Morocco – Today at the conclusion of the UN climate conference, Friends of the Earth International said that the momentum for global action on climate change refused to be overshadowed by the election of a climate denier to the US Presidency.
“Climate change is not going to wait for US action and the rest of the world is clear it is moving forward. Trump’s election must unify the world in treating the US as a climate pariah, and respond to his Presidency by redoubling ambition. The US has been outside the UN climate process before and other countries must ensure that progress is made while we work to create change back home.”
Benjamin Schreiber of Friends of the Earth US
Hope continues to rest on the renewable energy transformation that is taking place globally, and must be led by people.
“COP22 was billed to be an African COP. The good news is that the African Renewable Energy Initiative took off here in Marrakech; an initiative by Africans for Africans, to leapfrog the dirty fossil fuel development and bring clean community-based energy instead. Friends of the Earth groups have fought long and hard to make this initiative a reality and it’s a testimony to the work done by African civil society in the fight against energy poverty. However, in this COP we saw very little movement on the crucial issue of finance needed for the people of Africa. Dodgy accounting and fishy finance reporting by rich countries means that the millions already experiencing floods and droughts in every corner of Africa will be left to help themselves. Broken promises will not help us survive a crisis we did not create.”
Kwami Kpondzo of Friends of the Earth Africa
“The science is clear and the current pledges on the table take us to a world of over 3ºC warming, which is incompatible with a safe existence for millions on this planet. Rich countries had an obligation to bring stronger pre-2020 ambition to the table because we must stay under 1.5ºC, but this has not happened. Not acting now is not fair. It will only make action later that much harder, and the cost in human suffering even greater.”
Meena Raman of Friends of the Earth Malaysia.
“Next year the COP goes to our country, to Bonn. With Germany also hosting the G-20, this will be an important time for citizens to come together to make their voices heard. Leaders must come to Bonn with a genuine and ambitious political will to meet the global challenge of climate change, including helping those already being displaced by this crisis. We will be there in our thousands to make sure they don’t falter and we will hold our leaders accountable on behalf of people all over the world.”
Ann-Kathrin Schneider of Friends of the Earth Germany
Friends of the Earth International asserts that this powerful movement of people is key to solving the climate crisis.
Meena Raman, Friends of the Earth Malaysia
Malaysian mobile: 0060 12 430 0042
Ann-Kathrin Schneider, Friends of the Earth Germany
German mobile: 0049 151 240 87 297
Kwami Kpondzo, Friends of the Earth Africa
Morrocan mobile: 00 212 65 35 01 69
Dipti Bhatnagar, Friends of the Earth International
Moroccan mobile: 00212 6 95 54 61 07