Countdown Clock to Copenhagen Conference Unveiled Ticking Down to the Last Chance to Save the Climate

Press release - 2009-05-28
Greenpeace unveiled a countdown clock in Tseung Kwan O’s East Point City today to welcome the UN Climate Change Conference (Copenhagen Conference) which will be open on 7 December. Greenpeace hopes to raise the awareness of Hong Kong people on climate change and the coming up Copenhagen Conference with the touring of the countdown clock in the city.

Greenpeace unveiled a countdown clock in Tseung Kwan O’s East Point City today to welcome the UN Climate Change Conference which will be open on 7 December.

The clock, which measures 3.5-metre high, has a LED display. A mini iceberg sculpture made with recycled paper serves as the foundation. The clock counts down the days to the Copenhagen Conference and showcases various disasters caused by climate change to Hong Kong people by displaying them on the LED screen recurrently. LED display with the environmental friendly set-up which will automatically switch off when the mall closes at night.

Member states of the United Nations need to decide the emission targets of the Kyoto Protocol's second commitment period (i.e. 2012 to 2017) in the Copenhagen Conference. It is an international conference which will shape the world's future.

Mr. Jorgen Mollegaard, Consul-General of Denmark; Dr Kitty Poon Kit, Under Secretary for the Environment of the HKSAR government and Sze Pang Cheung, Greenpeace Campaign Director were invited as guests-of-honours and counted down together to unveil the melting glacier-themed countdown clock.

Mr. Jorgen Mollegaard, Consul-General of Denmark said, 'At the Copenhagen conference in December, Denmark as a host nation, has set very serious objectives to reach an agreement between all of the worlds countries, the industrialised countries should take the lead in reducing their CO2 emissions significantly.'

Greenpeace Campaign Director Sze Pang Cheung said, "For the Earth's future, we need all national governments to come up with a commanding agreement in the Copenhagen Conference to save the climate. At the same time, we expect the HKSAR government to take immediate and proactive measures to reduce greenhouse gas emission by at least 25% by 2020 from the 1990 levels."

Mr Stephen C.W. Chan, General Manager of Television Broadcasts Limited; Mr. Ginn Wing-lui, Senior Scientific Officer of the Observatory; Professor Chan Lung Sang of the Department of Earth Science of University of Hong Kong and Ms. Chee Ming Chu, who has visited Antarctica last year, shared their feelings on climate change in the ceremony, and informed the audience about the latest development on the issue.

The Copenhagen Conference Countdown Clock is a special design by Demiurge Unit, which is a leading LED art design and production company and its signage includes 2008 Beijing Olympics "Good Luck Beijing" LED projection product.

In the 192-day run-up to the Copenhagen Conference, the countdown clock will be touring East Point City, Sun Yuen Long Centre, Tsuen Wan Grand City Plaza to promote Greenpeace's "Climate Hero" campaign. Greenpeace will select a representative from the public to attend the Conference. The last stop of the tour will be the farewell to delegates on 7 November at the Hong Kong International Airport.

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