Stop Climate Chaos


Conclusion of UN COP15 climate summit (press release)

Commenting on the conclusion of UN climate summit in Copenhagen today, the UK based coalition Stop Climate Chaos (SCC), which organised The Wave – the world’s largest demonstration for action on climate change in London, said:

The challenge at Copenhagen was to deliver a new, binding and fair programme of international action to keep global warming as far below the danger threshold of 2 degrees C. There has been a gross failure to achieve this and the fault lies squarely with the industrialised countries. They have not pledged sufficiently deep and rapid cuts in emissions, nor offered enough finance to assist developing countries. Given the threat that humanity and the world’s ecosystems face this is unforgiveable.

It defies comprehension that, confronted by the greatest danger that humanity has ever faced, our political leaders are trying to pass off a dismal, so-called political declaration, as progress. This deal will not prevent catastrophic climate change.

Millions across the globe mobilised to give our leaders a clear mandate to act decisively. Their collective response has been dire and utterly irresponsible. We will not rest until we have pressured our leaders to show the political courage and vision necessary, in the short time left, to pull us back from the brink of disaster.

- Director of Stop Climate Chaos Coalition, Ashok Sinha.

More than 50,000 came together in London to demand action on climate change at The Wave, the world's biggest ever climate change march, on 5 December. Organised by the Stop Climate Chaos Coalition, people dressed in blue from all walks of life and from all over the country encircled Parliament, calling on the UK government to settle for nothing less than a climate deal in Copenhagen that avoids dangerous climate change and protects the world’s poorest who are already feeling its effects.

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Further Information: Sarah Jenkinson on + 44 (0)77666 82624 or Ashok Sinha on + 44 (0) 7905 139140

Notes for Editors:

- The Stop Climate Chaos (SCC) coalition has a combined supporter base of more than 11 million people which spans over 100 organisations, from environment and development charities to unions, faith, community and women's groups.

Ahead of the crucial UN climate summit in Copenhagen, SCC organised the world’s biggest ever demonstration in support of action on climate change,

Images available: http://www.flickr.com/photos/stopclimatechaos

Stop Climate Chaos, and its members, are calling on the UK Government to:

ACT FAIR ACT FAST: deliver a fair global deal in Copenhagen that
keeps global warming under 2˚C, with rich countries taking the lead by reducing their emissions by at least 40 per cent by 2020.

PROTECT THE POOREST: provide at least $150 billion a year by 2020 to help the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people deal with the impact of climate change and develop in a low carbon manner.

QUIT DIRTY COAL: end the UK’s reliance on dirty coal power, boost the UK’s renewable energy supply and invest in a green economy that creates new jobs.

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