Kumi Naidoo of Greenpeace responds to Paris draft deal

Press release - 12 December, 2015
Paris, 12 December 2015 - Commenting on the publication of a new, possibly final, deal at the UN climate talks in Paris, Greenpeace International Executive Director Kumi Naidoo said:

“The wheel of climate action turns slowly, but in Paris it has turned. This deal puts the fossil fuel industry on the wrong side of history.

“There’s much in the text that has been diluted and polluted by the people who despoil our planet, but it contains a new imperative to limit temperature rises to 1.5 degrees. That single number, and the new goal of net zero emissions by the second half of this century, will cause consternation in the boardrooms of coal companies and the palaces of oil-exporting states.

“Now comes the great task of this century. How do we meet this new goal? The measures outlined in Paris simply do not get us there. We have a 1.5 degree wall to climb, but the ladder isn’t long enough. The emissions targets on the table aren’t big enough, and the deal doesn’t do enough to change that. The new goal of net zero greenhouse gas emissions by the second half of the century effectively means we need to phase out fossil fuels - the easiest to cut - by 2050.

“There’s not enough in this deal for the nations and people on the frontlines of climate change. It contains an inherent, ingrained injustice. The nations which caused this problem have promised too little help to the people who are already losing their lives and livelihoods.

“This deal alone won’t dig us out the hole we’re in, but it makes the sides less steep. To pull us free of fossil fuels we are going to need to mobilise in ever greater numbers. This year the climate movement beat the Keystone pipeline, we kicked Shell out of the Arctic and put coal into terminal decline. We stand for a future powered by renewable energy, and it is a future we will win. In the coming years new political leaders will come to power, and many of them will stand against us and our goals. They will wield great power, but so will we. For us, Paris was always a stop on an ongoing journey. Ultimately our fate will be decided over the coming decades by the collective courage of our species. I believe we will succeed.”


Contacts in Paris:

Tina Loeffelbein, Political Communications Lead, Greenpeace Germany, +49 151 167 209 15

Gregor Kessler, Press Officer, Greenpeace Germany, +49 151 72 70 29 18

Joanna Mills, Press Officer, Greenpeace UK, +44 7791 493451

To interview Kumi Naidoo, contact Kate Blagojevic, Press Officer, Greenpeace UK, +44 7801 212959