It’s been a really crazy ten days. A pretty intense time of lobbying, press releases, meetings, film making, actions, speech writing, banner making amongst other activities. What did we all do on Friday? Our wrap up action, that’s what.
In preparation we painted, we sew, we practised, we inflated, we printed and by 9.30 we were ready (if a little cold). There was a crowd of international media gathering and we got everything in place for the arrival of the European politicians.
Who showed up? There was a selection of ministers from around Europe including from Germany, The U.K, Lithuania, Norway and The Netherlands. Want to see pictures too?
We displayed our beautiful huge banners of the individual messages with pride and showed the ministers around, followed by a presentation of one individual message (with a copy of our demands of course).
The media agency Reuters liked the action so much that they wanted to spread details of us and our action across the world’s media.
With the negotiations continuing here in Poland, hopefully ministers will think of us (and you young people) when they are discussing the international climate deal.
Come on guys, wrap it up!
The Countdown group has been really buzzing recently. We have been meeting country’s delegates and presenting our demands and urging actions. We want a strong climate deal in Copenhagen to include:
- 40% Greenhouse emission reductions by 2020 for developed countries (Annex I)
- 100% Greenhouse emission reductions by 2050 for developed countries (Annex II)
- The issue of climate justice to be addressed
Members of the group have discussed the issues and policies with their national delegations, but is has not all been lobbying though. We got together with 350.org and look at what we did!
Aerial photo in Freedom Square, Poznan, Poland
“Political leaders: Stop clowning around!” Hundreds of youth from all around the world filled the streets of Poznan on the Global Day of Action demaning climate justice and urging the politicians to get serious about climate change.
We as Young Friends of the Earth Europe joined the colourful demonstration:
You can find pictures here too!
and so to action…
“Countdowners” and other EU youth came together at The UN climate change talks on Friday to display their feeling about the EU’s climate policies. With the EU showing a lack of leadership and backtracking on some of their climate positions, young people from EU member states showed how it could be done.
See here for the video of the action.
We made our own energy and climate package, showing the EU the way ahead. Conference delegates, assorted media and other young people watched us inside the conference centre. We called for 40% emissions reductions, all from inside the EU and a serious adaption and mitigation fund for developing countries. Will the EU deliver?
Parallel to this, we sent a letter direct to the MEP’s urging them to give us the climate and energy package that we deserve. You lucky people, you can even watch a video copy too!
Come on, now is the time to act EU.
We as “Young Friends of the Earth Europe” produced this video for the Climate Conference (COP14) in Poznan, and action afterwards. We want to convince as many delegates as possible in order that our demands will be singned in Copenhagen (COP15) next year. The international change have been negotiations on the climate in hibernation so we campaign for an effective international agreement on climate change which has to start now.
A short overview …
Meetings over meetings to meet again in a meeting to split up in groups for an additional meeting to make a briefing with the entire group afterwards. Isn’t that weird? That’s COP! It’s awesome! Well, but now hurry up, next meeting is already taking place! You didn’t read the latest mails in your inbox yet? C’mon! You had enough spare time in the last meeting. Yes, that’s also seems to be COP. People are working on notebooks allday long – hopefully on the famous white ones - while others have a speech they participate in or play act.
… to brief you what is it all about.