Copenhagen climate change negotiations underway
Thousands of people queued to get in to the climate change negotiations in Copenhagen today, indicating the massive interest in the talks from NGOs, government and industry representatives.
Opening the talks, Lars Loekke Rasmussen, Danish Prime Minister, hailed the summit as an “opportunity the world cannot afford to miss”.
On another occasion today, TckTckTck, an umbrella group of green organisations, handed a petition signed by 10 million people to Yvo de Boer from the United Nations, Lars Loekke Rasmussen, Danish Prime Minister and Connie Hedegaard, Danish Minister for climate.
The online petition is demanding a fair, ambitious and binding climate treaty.
In a separate development, Saudi Arabia called for an investigation into the so-called “climategate” scandal involving hacked emails penned by the Climatic Research Institute at the University of East Anglia.
Also today, climate change activists staged a demonstration outside the Bella centre in Copenhagen where the talks are taking place. And, in a globally coordinated effort, 56 newspapers wrote a joint editorial calling for action from world leaders at the summit in Copenhagen.
From a European perspective, Friends of the Earth Europe (FoEE) called on EU negotiators to up their “commitment” and “agree to at least 40% emissions reductions by 2020.”
“Cuts of 40% have been proven to be feasible and affordable – Europe has no more excuses for not living up to its responsibility”, Sonja Meister from FoEE said.