For Immediate Release
Joseph Zacune, Friends of the Earth International, +34 6 89 55 093
(spanish mobile number valid until Nov.6)
Antje von Broock, Head of International Environmental Policy +49 173 60
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Kate Horner, Friends of the Earth US Policy Analyst, +1 360 319 9444 (US
Vanessa María Gálvez Hernández, Ceiba/ Friends of the Earth Guatemala
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Friends of Earth International Calls on President Obama to Earn His Nobel
BARCELONA, Spain - As the last week of U.N climate
negotiations before key Copenhagen talks begins today, Friends of the
Earth International called on President Obama to earn the Nobel Prize he
was given for his efforts to strengthen international diplomacy.
Instead of cooperating effectively to solve the climate crisis, the US
administration is undermining existing agreements and shirking wealthy
nations' responsibility to lead the way in solving the climate crisis,
according to Friends of the Earth International.
Failing to solve the climate crisis in a just and equitable way will
undermine peace in our world and basic human rights.
While the President's openness to diplomacy and international negotiations are a
welcomed change, they must be matched by tangible action.
“Change we can believe in isn’t a continuation of Bush era climate
policy,” said Kate Horner, policy analyst at Friends of the Earth U.S.
“To earn his Nobel, President Obama must put an end to this isolationist
nonsense and commit to acting cooperatively to solve the climate crisis,” she added.
“The rest of the world seems to be suffering from a severe case of
amnesia, forgetting that we have once already allowed the United States
to severely weaken international climate agreements,” said Antje von
Broock, climate campaigner at Friends of the Earth Germany, referring to
the policy positions taken by the United States during the negotiations
to establish the Kyoto Protocol in 1997. “The European Union must not
fall into the same trap again.”
Vanessa María Gálvez Hernández, from Ceiba/ Friends of the Earth
Guatemala said: “The people of Central America are fighting to defend
our territories in the struggle against climate change. Transnational
corporations and elites are responsible for the crisis and are promoting
false solutions such as extractive activities, monoculture plantations,
agribusiness, carbon markets, and free trade agreements. Instead we are
promoting “Good Living” which is based on the principles of solidarity,
equity, harmony and respect for mother Earth.”
Friends of the Earth International is running an international petition
demanding industrialised countries turn climate justice into reality,
asking new targets of at least 40% emissions reductions compared to 1990
levels as well as sufficient public finance for adaptation and climate
protection in the global south. The world’s people are demanding real
For more information visit: www.demandclimatejustice.org
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