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In preparation for its exploitation of shale gas, the Polish government has proposed new legislation which could effectively eliminate the possibility of organised opposition, according to environmental campaigners. Read More…
Dear Commissioner Hedegaard,
We, European youth and civil society, are writing to you in these critical final hours of the UN climate talks in Doha to demand that the EU acts now and changes its position at the UNFCCC. Read more…
LONDON / BRUSSELS – Saturday, 20 October 2012 | Campaigners call on Poland not to block action on climate
Today, climate activists challenged Poland’s resistance to European commitment to tackle climate change with twin actions targeted at Polish institutions in London and Brussels. Campaigners in the UK took action at the Polish Embassy in London whilst in Brussels youth from across Europe gathered near the building of the Polish Representation to the EU.
The actions aimed to expose the highjacking of decision-making on climate policy by Poland’s powerful coal industry; a takeover which has caused the Polish government to consistently and relentlessly veto EU progress on the issue. As a consequence, Polish workers are denied any alternative to Poland’s unhealthy and unsustainable coal industry, and the opportunity for clean, sustainable development in the country is being ignored. Read more…
BANGKOK / LONDON – Friday, 31 August 2012 | Youth outrage as EU reveals no intention to fight climate change
LONDON / BANGKOK – Today, young people across Europe expressed outrage as the EU revealed its intention to stick to an embarrassingly weak CO2 reduction target of 20% by 2020.
At an informal session of the UN climate negotiations in Bangkok, Thailand, the EU announced the plan, explaining that “25% is not reality, it is wishful thinking.” This is despite repeated warnings from the scientific community that sticking the current pledge of 20% will risk a catastrophic 6°C global temperature rise. Read more…
Today young people are taking action within the UN climate change conference centre on the issue of the influence of dirty industry lobbying on global climate change politics. Getting delegates to ‘sing away’ the dirty industry lobbyists, activists are pointing out the need for cooperation needed in order to remind governments that they represent the needs of people and not the polluters.
Today, as UN climate talks came toward their conclusion after two bitter weeks of negotiations, global civil society said some rich countries were pulling international climate regulation apart at the seams.
At a press conference at the talks in Germany, Mohamed Adow, Senior Climate Change Adviser at Christian Aid; Meena Raman, negotiation expert at the Third World Network; and Graham Reeder, climate campaigner with the youth-run ‘Push Europe‘ and ‘Earth in Brackets’ networks; highlighted the risk posed to the current legal framework governing carbon emissions and climate finance.
Young people from YOUNGO – the youth constituency under the UNFCCC – are taking action today inside the UN climate talks. Silently holding placards bearing the words ‘Equity is the Pathway to Ambition’, they issue a powerful reminder to negotiators from developed countries that it is their responsibility to take the lead in acting on climate change. YOUNGO demands a renewed drive for progress at the climate talks; progress which is based on science and equity.
‘Equity’ has been a key theme here in Bonn, although it is not a new concept: notions of historical responsibility and Common But Differentiated Responsibility (CBDR) have been the core principles of the convention, underpinning the negotiation process. However, it is uncertain that these will be carried forward to the new track, the Durban Platform (DP).
Young people from YOUNGO – youth constituency under the UNFCCC – took action today asking developed countries not to ‘jump ship’ from the Kyoto Protocol and Long-term Co-operative Action negotiating tracks at the talks. They invited delegates from developed countries to pledge their continued ambition to the existing frameworks for reducing carbon emissions.
Bonn, Germany – At the UNFCCC negotiations in Bonn today, young people took action to highlight how carbon trading is distracting developed countries from making real, ambitious emissions reductions.
A group of youth campaigners staged a tug of war inside the conference centre. One side symbolised people from around the world pulling towards a clean and just future for all, while the other side showed dirty industry lobbyists pulling the rope towards their business and profit interests. A clear imbalance can be seen: the clean, safe future can be jeopardised by just two lobbyists. The metaphor reflects the disproportionate influence of different voices within UN climate negotiations. Although young people are citizens of the world, represented by their governments, the dirty industry lobby has greater access to negotiators and their governments- pulling decisions in their favour and not in the favour of the people around the world.
Stop Pushing Tar Sands | 5 May 2012
5 May 2012