COPENHAGEN, DENMARK, December 18, 2009 - Commenting on the failure of rich country governments to secure a
strong and fair UN agreement to tackle climate change in Copenhagen, Magda
Stoczkiewicz, director of Friends of the Earth Europe said:
"Politicians cannot call this 'outcome' a success
when in fact nothing meaningful has been agreed. Negotiations must now become
even more intense to reach a just and effective climate agreement.
"The European Union and other rich countries have
stood motionless when giant strides forward are required given the scale and
urgency of the climate crisis facing the world.
"The world now needs a bold dramatic shift in
political will from the European Union and other developed nations responsible
for causing the climate crisis.
"With the eyes of the world on Copenhagen, Europe had the chance to commit to stronger action against climate change and break the
deadlock, but EU leaders backed out of offering higher emissions reductions
targets and adequate funds for developing countries.
"European and other developed countries must
commit to at least 40% emissions reductions by 2020 without offsetting, and
supply the money developing countries desperately need to deal with climate
change. Failure to do so is shameful."
Nnimmo Bassey, chair of Friends of the Earth
International, stated: "Copenhagen has been an abject
failure. Justice has not been done. By delaying action, rich countries have
condemned millions of the world's poorest people to hunger, suffering and loss
of life as climate change accelerates. The blame for this disastrous outcome is
squarely on the developed nations.
"We are disgusted by the failure of rich
countries to commit to the emissions reductions they know are needed,
especially the US, which is the world's largest historical emitter of
"The only real leadership at the conference has
come from the hundreds of thousands of ordinary people who've come together to
demand strong action to prevent climate catastrophe. Their voices are loud and
growing - and Friends of the Earth International will continue to be part of
the fight for climate justice."
For more information please contact:
Francesca Gater, communications officer
for Friends of the Earth Europe, +45 298 42677 (Danish mobile) or +32 4 85 930
515 (Belgian mobile), francesca.gater[at]foeeurope.org
Sonja Meister, climate campaign
coordinator for Friends of the Earth Europe, +45 617 27520 (Danish mobile) or
+49 1766 4608515 (German mobile), sonja.meiste[at]foeeurope.org
Stoczkiewicz, director of Friends of the Earth Europe, + 32 4 75 867 637
(Belgian mobile), magda.stoczkiewicz[at]foeeurope.org