Greenpeace mourns Copenhagen failure with 100 crosses

Press release - 2009-12-21
Greenpeace activists erected 100 crosses at the Cenotaph in Central this morning to mourn the lost chance of stopping climate change following the abject failure of the Copenhagen climate summit.

Greenpeace China erects 100 crosses in Hong Kong to mark the failure of the Copenhagen climate summit.

The action also serves as a reminder that the climate change crisis threatens the lives of millions of people.*

Greenpeace China laments the appalling lack of commitment from the developed world, including Hong Kong, to stop climate change catastrophe.

Twenty Greenpeace activists entered the Cenotaph in Central to erect 100 crosses on the lawn and then held a minute's silence.

"The 'Copenhagen Accord' does not contain strong measures for emission reductions by developed countries,"Greenpeace Senior Campaigner Gloria Chang said.

"Time is running out. By failing to agree to binding commitments, the developed world has condemned all our futures."

Developed countries, led by Europe and the USA, failed to respond to calls from civil society, and also dismantled the Kyoto Protocol's "common but differentiated responsibilities" principle.

"Last week, the World Meteorological Organization announced that the past decade was the hottest in 160 years, while 2009 was the fifth warmest year on record," Ms Chang added.

"Developed countries continue to turn a blind eye to the climate crisis. Time will judge the leaders of this group of rich countries."

*According to the "Stern Review", if global average temperatures rise by 2 degree from pre-industrial levels, 200 million people will be displaced, 1/6 of the world's population will suffer from water scarcity, over a million people will be starved or die because of disease and crop failure. If global temperatures rise by 3 degrees, up to 170 million people will suffer severe coastal flooding and 550 million more will be at risk of hunger and death.

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