Clean Energy Now

Feature story - September 1, 2009
This weekend over 60 supporters of Greenpeace Africa created a human banner, which reads “Clean Energy Now” to mark the start of the final countdown to the Copenhagen climate talks in December.

Clean Energy Now: 60 staff and volunteers of Greenpeace Africa create a human banner to mark 100 days until the UN Climate Summit in Copenhagen.

With less than 100 days to go before the Copenhagen Climate Summit, it is critical that the industrialized countries live up to their promises by taking on ambitious mid-term targets and providing finance to developing countries for climate mitigation and adaptation.

The latest scientific research shows that to prevent run-away climate impacts, global greenhouse gas emissions need to peak by 2015 and decline after that, in order to keep global temperature increase below 2°C.

This is Greenpeace's first ever human banner on the African continent and is a clear appeal to developed countries to agree to cut emissions by 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2020. Developing countries also need to reduce their projected emissions growth by 15-30 percent by 2020, but in order to so will need funding from the developed world of US$140 billion a year.

"Industrialized countries must provide this support annually until 2020, so that developing countries can adapt to climate change impacts and embrace solutions such as renewable energy and forest protection." said Brad Smith, Campaign Director, Greenpeace Africa.

"Greenpeace Africa is calling on Heads of State, including as many as possible from Africa, to personally attend the Copenhagen Climate Summit in December 2009. They must act decisively to avert a climate catastrophe and guarantee the strong climate deal the world needs", he added.

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