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Copenhagen: UN threatens to kick civil society groups out of climate negotiations
Protesters inside the Bella center are staging a sit in and live-blogging at It’s Getting Hot in Here.
Their latest entry read:
Young people from all over the world are staging a sit-in at Bella Center until we get a Fair, Ambitious, and Binding climate treaty and reading the names of all 11 million signers of the TckTckTck petition. Sen. Kerry just shook each of their hands. Some were just dragged away.
Press Release from the organizers of the action:
(Copenhagen – Denmark) – At 5:00 p.m., more than 50 international youth staged a sit in at the United Nations Climate Change Conference to demand that world leaders produce a fair, ambitious and legally binding climate treaty. While sitting in a main corridor of the conference centre, the youth read off the names of 11 million of the world’s citizens who support the need for a fair, ambitious and legally binding agreement to come out of Copenhagen.
“We’re not leaving until we get a fair, ambitious and legally binding treaty,” said Ann Wang, a youth delegate from China. “We need such a treaty to help ensure the survival of millions of the world’s most vulnerable citizens whose lives and cultures are threatened by the effects of climate change.”
“As heads of state and world leaders arrive here in Copenhagen, we want them to know that we’re going to be watching and acting to ensure they deliver us a fair, ambitious and legally binding deal,” said Germany’s Julia Grauvogel.
These young people were not alone in their demands. “We are supported by 11 million citizens of this planet who want their leaders to deliver a fair, ambitious and legally binding climate treaty,” said Josh Solnick of the United Kingdom.
While sitting in solidarity, separate groups of youth simultaneously read off names from the list of 11 million people who signed an online petition demanding a that world leaders produce a fair, ambitious and legally binding deal in Copenhagen.
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