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Greenpeace Calls for Climate Action in Acrobatic Banner Hang
Urges Major Emitters to Move from Words to Deeds
WASHINGTON - Greenpeace today urged government ministers from
the world's 17 biggest greenhouse polluters (1) to "Stop Global
Warming" and "Rescue the Planet" from the devastating effects of
climate change. The international environmental group greeted the
ministers with the banner message hung from a construction crane near
the State Department as they assembled in Washington D.C. for climate
talks under the Major Economies Forum (MEF) process.
"Time is running out. This meeting is an opportunity to fast-track
discussions on avoiding catastrophic warming and inject some much
needed urgency and cooperation into the ongoing UN climate talks, which
are dragging on at a snail's pace," said Karen Sack, Greenpeace
International Political Director.
"President Obama has said that the US is ready to lead on global
warming," said Carroll Muffett, Greenpeace USA Deputy Campaign
Director. "Now we need the President to move from words to deeds and
engage leaders in Congress and the world's governments to lead them
toward climate solutions."
A peak in global emissions by 2015 followed by a rapid decline to as
close to zero as possible by 2050 is crucial to protect the climate.
The industrialized world must commit to deeper cuts in emissions and
provide financial and technical assistance to developing countries to
enable them to switch to clean energy, stop deforestation and adapt to
those climate impacts that are now unavoidable.
"Greenpeace is calling on world leaders to take personal responsibility
for guaranteeing a strong, legally binding and fair agreement at the UN
Climate Summit in Copenhagen, in December. That means they must be
there in person," said Sack.
This week, climate will be on the agenda at both ends of Pennsylvania
Ave. While nations gather at the State Department, members of Congress
will be discussing the Waxman-Markey draft legislation, a good first
step in cutting emissions, but a bill that needs to be strengthened by
the removal of government giveaways to the coal industry and the
removal of greenhouse gas reduction shortcuts in the form of off-sets.
Last month, Greenpeace released its roadmap for slowing climate change,
the Energy [R]evolution, which shows that the US can cut emissions 25
percent by 2020 while creating millions of jobs in the renewable energy
sector and avoiding taxpayer subsidies to the coal and nuclear
To read the full-report, visit: http://www.greenpeace.org/usa/press-center/reports4/energy-r-evolution-a...
Visuals of the banner are available at: http://usaphoto.greenpeace.org/20090427emitters/
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