Greenpeace calls on EU to save Copenhagen summit

Feature story - December 9, 2009
A Greenpeace motorcade entered the heavily guarded EU summit grounds in Brussels to drive home the message that European leaders must boost their climate commitments to achieve success at the Copenhagen summit

A Greenpeace motorcade entered the heavily guarded EU summit grounds in Brussels to drive home the message that European leaders must boost their climate commitments to achieve success at the Copenhagen summit

Eleven activists travelling in a three-vehicle convoy drove up to the European Council VIP entrance amid official government delegations and stepped out onto the red carpet used by Europe's presidents and prime ministers. The activists held banners reading: "EU: save Copenhagen" and attempted to hand over a blueprint for a strong global climate treaty.

Other Copenhagen information

Greenpeace executive director Kumi Naidoo has an opinion piece in today's New York Times talking about how the importance of the Copenhagen conference.

"Science tells us that if we don't act now, an estimated 1 billion people will be uprooted because of climate change between now and 2050. Our children and grandchildren will bear the brunt of a climate that could, according to a growing body of scientific opinion, make this planet virtually uninhabitable." - Kumi Naidoo, New York Times. Read the full piece here.

Naidoo also notes that people everywhere will be taking part on Saturday Dec. 12 in the largest mobilization ever to call for a fair, ambitious and legally binding agreement in Copenhagen.  There are more than 2,700 events planned in 136 countries. To find an event in Canada, go to: http://www.climateactionnetwork.ca/e/action/events/real-deal-map.html

A new poll conducted by Léger Marketing on behalf of several environmental groups in Canada shows that 74 per cent of Canadians feel the Harper government must do more in the fight against climate change. They want the government to adopt a more ambitious reduction target for greenhouse gas emissions. Nearly two-thirds of Albertans share these views.

The poll was conducted through a web survey of adults from November 30th to December 2nd, 2009, among the Canadian adult population. In total, 1502 completed the survey.