G8 leaders need to quit gambling with our future

Press release - 27 May, 2011
Deauville, 27 May 2011 - Responding to the failure of world leaders to take on the challenges of climate change and world energy security at this week’s G8 summit, Kumi Naidoo, Executive Director of Greenpeace International said:

“Freedom and democracy can never be served if the G8 continues to be underwritten by a fossil fuel-based economy, and when our leaders are beholden to oil barons who profit from undermining our security and ecology”.

“The G8 leaders came to Deauville in search of identity and purpose, but were blinded by their fossil fuel addictions and failed to take us towards a safe and secure energy future, free from oil wars, climate chaos and nuclear disasters. For next year’s meeting, the G8 leaders should meet at a rehab clinic instead of a French gambling resort.”

“The G8 seems to have already forgotten the lessons of the Fukushima crisis, when it could follow the lead of Germany’s Angela Merkel and Japan’s Naoto Kan who have made clear their intentions to embrace a clean energy future”.


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