Volveremos: stand with us
Friends of the
Earth Europe, alongside other civil society groups, symbolically returned to
the International climate talks today. The talks resumed in Bonn, Germany on
first session since a broad section of civil society walked out of the
negotiations in Warsaw last year – in solidarity with those affected by
climate change, and in protest over the corporate capture of the talks and the
lack of ambition.
Friends of the
Earth Europe is calling on European politicians to work towards an equitable,
long-term, ambitious and people-centred solution to the climate crisis. The
first week of the talks was marred by poor attendance from environmental ministers,
who are expected to revise current ambitions and focus on contributions to the
Kyoto agreement –as well as discuss new post-2020 climate commitments, expected
to be agreed in Paris in 2015.
Scherbarth, climate justice and energy campaigner for Friends of the Earth
Europe said: "Civil society walked
out of the climate talks in Warsaw in frustration at the toxic influence of
dirty energy corporations and the dangerous positions of many national
governments. Now we're back, stronger, calling for the just, people-centred
solutions the world needs to tackle catastrophic climate change."
Union's current position at the talks is dangerously inadequate and unfair,
according to the organisation, and will force those developing countries least
responsible for climate change to undertake the majority of the effort and cost
to tackle it. It
also risks dangerously high levels of global warming.
Scherbarth continued: "In the climate
change game, the European Union is not even on the bench, it's amongst the
spectators. If the EU is serious about defeating catastrophic climate change,
then it needs to step up and do its fair share on the pitch. This means more
than 20% emissions reductions before 2020, binding climate and energy targets
for 2030, at least 60% cuts in greenhouse gas emissions, and ambitious energy
efficiency and renewables targets."
of many industrialised governments are increasingly driven by the narrow
economic and financial interests of multinational corporations, according to
the organisation. They neglect responsibility for the prevention of climate
change, and the protection of those that are losing so much as a result,
including younger generations.
Gorman, campaigner for Young Friends of the Earth Europe said: "Communities are suffering irreversible losses
due to climate breakdown, now. Governments must stop pandering to
multinationals, and put new money on the table to compensate developing
countries, and help them adapt to the impacts of climate change. We need equity
and global justice now, for the sake of both current and future generations and
especially the billions of young people living in the Global South today."
Friends of the
Earth Europe is calling on European politicians to push for fast and fair
emission cuts in line with science and equity, and a renewable energy-powered
future that puts the interests of people at its centre. It is calling for
binding EU climate and energy targets for 2030, at least 60% cuts in greenhouse
gas emissions by 2030 and ambitious energy efficiency and renewables targets.
This needs be alongside more ambitious pre-2020 action and financial
contribution to those who needs it urgently in the developing world.