As Obama's plane landed in Oslo, he was greeted by a massive
Greenpeace banner next to the runway that read "Our climate, your
decision." As he traveled through the Norwegian capital to City
Hall, where the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony was held, our activists
urged him to earn his Nobel Peace Prize by leading the world to a
fair, ambitious and legally binding climate treaty in
Calls to action
Obama Nobel Peace Prize: you
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Several messages were waiting for the new Nobel Laureate
throughout Oslo: reverse graffiti (made by pressure-washing
stencils) reading "You won it, now earn it," "Change the Politics,"
and "Stop Climate Change" on public structures; an earth-shaped hot
air balloon bearing the slogan "Save the Climate;" a "Next Stop:
Copenhagen" banner hanging from the Rainbow Warrior (our ship in
Oslo's harbour); and a projection on the City Hall itself reminding
the President that it's up to him to save the climate.
Climate and conflict
While we welcome and encourge the President's commitment to
working for a world free of nuclear weapons, we call on him to to
not only address the weapons of war, but tackle the causes of
conflict. Unchecked climate change will herald a new era of
resource wars, as fresh water, food production and habitable land
all become scarcer.
Averting catastrophic climate change is about many things, it is
about justice, it is about equity and it is about opportunity. But,
perhaps today of all days we can recognise that it is about
Mr President keep your eyes on the real prize: Peace.
U.S. climate commitments unambitious
- U.S. leadership nonexistent.
The US has only agreed to a provisional goal of cutting its
greenhouse gas pollution by 4 percent below 1990 levels by 2020.
This offer falls dangerously short of the 25-40 percent cut deemed
necessary by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the
body of scientists who won the Noble Prize for their work on the
issue in 2007.
American negotiators have been proposing a so-called
"implementation agreement" that would have pollution cuts by
countries aspire to what is politically feasible at home and only
subject to domestic enforcement. This form of agreement will not
build the trust and transparency within the international community
that is so desperately needed to achieve a planet-saving deal. It
also runs contrary to the commitment to global cooperation - the
very reason why Obama won the Nobel Prize.
The climate negotiations can succeed with the help of a true
leader. President Obama, emboldened by the recognition of the Nobel
Committee, must tell the world he is willing to sign a deal that is
ambitious, fair and legally binding.
What the deal must achieve:
Greenpeace calls on the Copenhagen Climate Summit to agree a
multilateral, legally binding deal, which must include:
- Emissions cuts of 40 percent by 2020 by industrialised
countries, using 1990 levels as the baseline
- 140 billion USD a year from the industrialised world for
developing countries to deal with climate impacts, act on climate
change and stop deforestation
- An end of tropical deforestation by 2020.
- Developing countries must reduce their projected emissions
growth by 15-30 percent by 2020, with support from industrialised