Greenpeace statement on the Copenhagen outcome

Media release - December 18, 2009
Commenting on the Copenhagen outcome 
Greenpeace International Executive Director, Kumi Naidoo, said:



"Not fair, not ambitious and not legally binding. The job of world leaders
is not done. Today they failed to avert catastrophic climate change.



"The city of Copenhagen is a climate crime scene tonight, with the guilty
men and women fleeing to the airport in shame. World leaders had a once in a generation chance to change the world for good, to avert catastrophic 
climate change. In the end they produced a poor deal full of loopholes big
enough to fly Air Force One through.



"We have seen a year of crises, but today it is clear that the biggest one
facing humanity is a leadership crisis.

"During the year a number developing countries showed a willingness to
accept their share of the burden to avert climate chaos. But in the end, the
blame for failure mostly lies with the rich industrialised world, countries
which have the largest historic responsibility for causing the problem. In
particular, the US failed to take any real leadership and dragged the talks
down.



"Climate science says we have only a few years left to halt the rise in
emissions before making the kind of rapid reductions that would give us the
best chance of avoiding dangerous climate change. We cannot change that
science, so instead we will have to change the politics - and we may well
have to change the politicians.



"This is not over, people everywhere demanded a real deal before the Summit
began and they are still demanding it. We can still save hundreds of
millions of people from the devastation of a warming world, but it has just
become a whole lot harder.



"Civil society, the bulk of which was locked out of the final days of this
 Climate Summit, now needs to redouble its efforts. Each and every one of us
must hold our leaders to account. We must take the struggle to avert climate
catastrophe into every level of politics - local, regional, national and
international. We must also take it into the board room and onto the high
streets. We can either work for a fundamental change in our society or we
can suffer the consequences of one."


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VVPR info: Contact: Cindy Baxter, Greenpeace International communications, INSIDE THE COPENHAGEN CONFERENCE CENTRE: +45 526 556 22, +31 646 197 332, 
 Martin Kaiser, Greenpeace International head of climate policy: +45 52 65 55 80 or +49 171 878 0817
 Mike Crocker, Greenpeace US communications +1 202 215 8989
 Ailun Yang, climate campaigner, Greenpeace China: +45 50 11 06 41
 Mark Breddy, Greenpeace communications, +45 526 556 72, +32 496 156 229, For video of a statement by Kumi Naidoo contact Maarten van Rouveroy, Greenpeace International +31 646 19 73 22 For photos contact John Novis, Greenpeace International +44 7801 615 889 
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