8 December 2012
Doha, Qatar / Brussels, Belgium – Friends of the Earth
Europe has condemned the governments of industrialised countries, including the
European Union, for continuing to block action on climate change, at failed
international climate negotiations in Doha, Qatar.
Susann Scherbarth, climate justice campaigner for
Friends of the Earth Europe said: "In
the desert of Doha, the European Union buried its head in the sand – it should
be embarrassed of its role in these failed talks. The EU must go a lot further
in the fight against climate change, there are no excuses for its lack of
action. Europe must commit to least 40% emission reductions at home by 2020
without offsetting, as well as sufficient climate finance to the poorest
"After two weeks the talks have finished with the
world no closer to avoiding catastrophic global warming. We urgently need a
route map for developing a low-carbon future and a timetable for getting there.
Only a few grains of sand are left in the hourglass and for yet another year
the international climate talks have failed because of shameful inaction by
rich developed nations."
Young people from all around Europe followed the
negotiations in Doha closely at the 'Qatar in Brussels' youth climate justice
convergence. They are demanding more meaningful action and ambition from the
"Young Europeans are deeply disappointed that the
EU has failed to play a leading role at the UN climate summit in Doha. By not committing to further reduce any greenhouse gas emissions in the next 8 years
and by not putting enough money on the table to support emission reductions and
adaptation measures in developing countries, the EU has blocked important
progress in Doha," said Susi Hammel
from Young Friends of the Earth Europe.
"The future of young people and coming generations
is at stake. We are committed to building a strong youth movement in Europe to demand that our politicians put the needs of young people before the interests of
the fossil fuel industry."
In parallel to the climate summit in Doha, Qatar, Young Friends of the Earth Europe organised ‘Qatar in Brussels’, a youth convergence which
brought together more than 50 young people from all across Europe. The young
people followed the negotiations through direct live link-ups to Doha, organised workshops on climate justice issues and shared skills on campaigning and
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