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Greenpeace activists have been targeting European Finance Ministers this week, in advance of next Tuesday's EU meeting about a global green deal.
Well, it should be about Europe's financial commitments to help developing countries tackle climate change (read more about it here). But some European governments are uneasy (or even dead set against) taking the lead.
Danish activists today dropped a large banner at the Ministry of Finance calling for a commitment to pay Denmark's share (6 billion Dkr, 800,000 EUR per year) of a green recovery package for the planet.
On Wednesday, activists in the Netherlands put a huge banner with the picture of the Dutch Finance Minister on a 2 Euro note (the equivalent of the Dutch contribution per person per week). The day before, while Dutch Prime Minister was visiting Brazil, a similar note was handed over by a local climate campaigner.
Other actions in Germany, Luxembourg and around Europe this week should leave Finance Ministers in no doubt: It's time for a recovery package for the planet!
December's UN Climate Summit in Copenhagen will be a historic opportunity for world leaders to prevent runaway climate change. The European Union can prepare for this opportunity through domestic investments in a green recovery and by pledging around EUR 35 billion a year to help economies in the developing world to cut emissions, protect tropical forests and adapt to the effects of climate change. Read more >