As international climate talks begin today in Warsaw,
Poland, Friends of the Earth Europe calls on European politicians to work
towards an equitable, ambitious and people-centred solution to the climate crisis.
The impacts of climate change are becoming more frequent
and devastating , and the world's leading scientists have issued stark
warnings about the scale of the planetary emergency. This year's conference
needs focus on fast and fair emission cuts, and a renewable energy future that
is community-orientated, according to the organisation.
Susann Scherbarth, climate justice and energy
campaigner, Friends of the Earth Europe said: "To
have any hope of tackling our climate crisis, we need to see urgent and
ambitious action, led by those who caused the problem. The EU must commit to
binding climate and energy targets for 2030, a 60% cuts in greenhouse gas emissions and ambitious energy efficiency and renewables targets."
On the eve of the climate talks, more than 150 people formed the shape of a giant wind turbine in
front of the European Parliament in Brussels, to
call for more support for community renewable energy projects. The colourful
'People's windmill' sent the message that citizen and community-controlled
renewables should be at the centre of Europe's energy policy.
Magda Stoczkiewicz, director of Friends of the
Earth Europe said: "People need to take
power into their own hands and get involved in producing the energy they need.
Community energy is a real solution to the energy and climate crisis. In the
next two weeks we need to see movement away from an energy system based on
dirty energy controlled by corporates to a system that works for people and
This coincided with a new
report from Friends of the Earth International, 'Good Energy, Bad Energy:
Transforming the Energy System for People and the Planet'. The report sets out a vision of a climate-safe, just and
sustainable energy system, which can be achieved by challenging corporate power
and exerting real democratic control over energy – giving priority to people
and planet instead of corporate profit.
Jagoda Munic, chairperson of Friends of the Earth
International said: "Our task is to
challenge corporate power and exert real democratic control over our energy
policies so that we can lend real muscle to grassroots initiatives and
accelerate the transition to a just, climate-safe, people-centred climate
According to Friends of the Earth Europe, the conference
commences with concerns over increasing corporate influence: with large
multinational corporations pushing for short-term economic interests over
environment and citizen protection, and high-profile sponsorship from some of
the most polluting industries.
 Reacting to Friday's super-typhoon in the Philippines, Magda Stoczkiewicz, director of Friends of the Earth Europe said: "Our
thoughts are with the victims and survivors of typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. What has happened there shows the dangers of climate change. We need to act
urgently and vigorously to tackle climate change and defend the rights of the