As the Paris climate change conference was presented a final proposed agreement with the aim of being signed off later today, Dr Richard Dixon, Director of Friends of the Earth Scotland, said:
“Despite the hype, if this proposal is agreed, the Paris climate talks will have failed to tackle the climate crisis and the needs of those most vulnerable to its impacts. Using bullying tactics and throwing in some vague pledges, rich countries have created an agreement that spells bad news for people and the planet. This proposal should be rejected so a better version can be developed overnight.
"By delaying critical action to cut greenhouse gas emissions and failing to put sufficient finance on the table leaders have effectively signed a death warrant for millions of the poorest people around the world.”
Key problems in the draft agreement:
"While world leaders remain at loggerheads over the key issues, tens of thousands of people all over the world have been taking to the streets to demonstrate their commitment to the climate movement. It's clear that the fight for climate justice does not end in Paris. Communities around the world are already taking action to put an end to the dirty energy sources that are polluting our planet and building a better future around clean, community owned renewables.
“We always knew that this conference would not do enough and we’ll be working with others across Europe to make up for the lack of will from world leaders. Friends of the Earth Scotland will be fighting fossil fuels, including fracking, promoting community renewables and campaigning to shift investment out of fossil fuels. Yesterday we launched our new Fossil Free Scotland campaign which aims to make Scotland fossil free within a generation.”
1. FoE Scotland launched a new climate campaign, Fossil Free Scotland, yesterday http://www.foe-scotland.org.uk/FossilFreeLaunch and fossilfree.scot
2. Thousands of people are on the streets of Paris for climate demonstrations, including Friends of the Earth Climate Justice Peace action, spelling out giant words across the face of the City through GPS tracking of 1200 individual groups http://www.climatejusticepeace.org
3. Friends of the Earth Scotland is:
* Scotland's leading environmental campaigning organisation
* An independent Scottish charity with a network of thousands of supporters and active local groups across Scotland
* Part of the largest grassroots environmental network in the world, uniting over 2 million supporters, 75 national member groups, and some 5,000 local activist groups.