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IPCC Report: Urgent Action Needed to Avoid Catastrophic Climate Change, says Friends of the Earth

COPENHAGEN, Denmark - Reacting to the publication today (Sunday 2 November) of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)’s 5th Synthesis Report, Friends of the Earth’s International Climate Campaigner Asad Rehman said:

“Politicians can’t say they weren't warned – climate change poses a catastrophic threat to our food, livelihoods and homes.

“David Cameron and EU Governments still haven’t woken up to the threat we face - their recent decision to do little to cut emissions until 2030 puts the interests of big polluters ahead of people and the planet.

“If we want to avoid catastrophic climate change governments must stop dithering and take bold action to slash our carbon emissions by at least 80 per cent in the next 15 years. That means saying no to any new dirty energy sources, including fracking.

“Rich nations who are most responsible for the climate crisis we face need to provide a ‘climate Marshall plan’ that provides finance and technology to protect all our futures.

“It’s time to listen to the science, end our reliance on dirty fossil fuels and develop a safer future based on energy efficiency and clean renewable power.”

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Friends of the Earth International is the world's largest grassroots environmental network, uniting 74 national member groups and some 5,000 local activist groups on every continent. With over 2 million members and supporters around the world, FOEI campaigns on today's most urgent environmental and social issues.

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