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Warsaw iconic building is stage for call to free activists as COP19 fails to respond to climate emergency

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 23 novembre 2013

The Arctic Cathedral

The Arctic Cathedral (Photo credit: Bernt Rostad)

Warsaw. Activists today protested at the iconic Palace of Culture and Science in central Warsaw to demand immediate climate action and to free the climate defenders, known as the Arctic 30. Warsaw is currently hosting the annual UN climate negotiations, which are not delivering the urgent action people and the planet need.
Kumi Naidoo, Executive Director of Greenpeace International said:
“Typhoon Haiyan reminded the world that we must act without delay, but the governments of countries like Australia, Japan, Poland and Canada are serving their oil, nuke and coal lobbies while condemning many more around the world to suffering. The climate talks are held hostage by these lobbies while brave climate defenders like the Arctic 30 still face several years in jail for taking peaceful action to protect the Arctic from climate change.”A large banner was hung on the side of the Palace facing the National Stadium, where the COP19 talks are being held, which read: “Save the Arctic – Free our Activists”.The protest comes at a moment when the negotiations are at a deadlock. The financing needed for loss and damage, adaptation to the climate impacts and the transition towards renewable energies are not provided by rich countries. Most recently, Australia and Japan stepped back from their previous commitments. Poland and some major emerging economies are blocking a strict timetable for ambitious targets in 2014. The world`s largest emitter China has not been ready to translate its domestic policy progress into constructive engagements here in Warsaw.“This process is sorely lacking in leadership on all sides. China and the EU, if anyone, have potential to be a game-changer in these talks, but they are not capitalizing their potential. ““If governments can’t even agree on a strict timetable for increasing climate ambition and making 2014 a year of increased mitigation and financing commitments, you will see more acts of civil disobedience by ordinary citizens who are frustrated by policy leaders who simply act as puppets of their fossil fuel industries. The movement against coal and oil interests needs the courageous mobilization of people who can act as bravely as the Arctic 30 did,” added Naidoo.

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