Greenpeace urges ASEM to stop investments in fossil fuels

Feature story - September 8, 2006
Thailand's Ministry of Energy was taken aback as Greenpeace activists dumped coal at their doorstep to dispute their energy policies that promote the burning of fossil fuels, such as coal, one of the primary causes of climate change. The activists also unfurled a "Ministry of Climate Change" banner, accusing the Government of helping to intensify the impacts of climate change.

Greenpeace activists dumped coal on the doorstep of Thailand's Ministry of Energy in protest against energy policies that promote the burning of fossil fuels, such as coal, one of the primary causes of climate change. Activists also unfurled a "Ministry of Climate Change" banner, accusing the Government of helping to intensify the impacts of climate change.

Greenpeace activists dumped coal on the doorstep of Thailand's Ministry of Energy in protest against energy policies that promote the burning of fossil fuels, such as coal, one of the primary causes of climate change. Activists also unfurled a "Ministry of Climate Change" banner, accusing the Government of helping to intensify the impacts of climate change.

Greenpeace activists dumped 4 tons of coal on the doorstep of Thailand's Ministry of Energy in protest against energy policies that promote the burning of fossil fuels, such as coal, one of the primary causes of climate change. Activists also unfurled a "Ministry of Climate Change" banner, accusing the Government of helping to intensify the impacts of climate change.

Greenpeace activists dumped coal on the doorstep of Thailand's Ministry of Energy in protest against energy policies that promote the burning of fossil fuels, such as coal, one of the primary causes of climate change. Activists also unfurled a "Ministry of Climate Change" banner, accusing the Government of helping to intensify the impacts of climate change.

This was done in order to sound the alarm regarding the impacts of climate change which are already affecting the people and economies of

Thailand

and

Southeast Asia

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As leaders of state and ministers converge in Finland for the forthcoming Asia Europe Meeting (ASEM), it will be beneficial that governments decisively stop the expansion and funding of fossil projects across Asia and Europe and invest in renewables to curb climate change. Europe and Asia must recognize that unless they stop European and Asian Governments from financing dirty energy sources such as the BLCP coal plant in Thailand , they are responsible for fuelling the effects of dangerous climate change and sending Asia deeper into its addiction to fossil fuels.

Leaders of state and ministers are meeting this week for the sixth ASEM, which has acknowledged the importance of climate change and is at the top of the agenda.

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