Thousands of people marched in central Warsaw today, under the banner of 'System change, not climate change', with a strong call from Friends of the Earth Europe to move the climate talks towards an equitable, ambitious and people-centred solution to the climate crisis. The march brought the first week of the international climate talks in Poland to a close.
An estimated 2,000 people are feared to have been killed in the fierce typhoon that hit the Philippines on Friday. Hundreds of thousands have been displaced and as many as 10 million affected.
As government negotiators meet in Poland for the international climate summit, members of Friends of the Earth from across the global federation showed solidarity for the victims and survivors of the typhoon, and called for urgent and just action to avert the worst consequences of climate change.
As international climate talks begin today in Warsaw, Poland, Friends of the Earth Europe calls on European politicians to work towards an equitable, ambitious and people-centred solution to the climate crisis.
The impacts of climate change are becoming more frequent and devastating , and the world's leading scientists have issued stark warnings about the scale of the planetary emergency. This year's conference needs focus on fast and fair emission cuts, and a renewable energy future that is community-orientated, according to the organisation.
More than 150 people formed the shape of a giant wind turbine in front of the European Parliament in Brussels today to call for more support for community renewable energy projects.
The colourful 'People's windmill' event aimed to send a message that citizen and community-controlled renewables should be at the centre of Europe's energy policy.
Poland will host the United Nations' climate talks later this month as governments try to reach an international agreement on how to tackle climate change. The Conference of Parties (COP19) will be held in Warsaw and will attract observers from civil society aiming to discuss issues and the concerns of the people affected by a changing climate.
You are invited to be part of the 'people's windmill' on this Thursday 7th November from 12:30-14:00 on the esplanade outside the European Parliament in Brussels.
We'll be working together to form a giant windmill image to show that people should be at the centre of renewable energy.
Clean, community-owned energy already exists and is a real solution to climate change. But it needs more momentum and political support. We'll be telling our decision-makers to put people and communities at the heart of a clean energy future.
Today marks the beginning of a month of worldwide public protest and action to say no to dirty energy, and to support clean, renewable alternatives.
As part of the 'Reclaim Power' month, Friends of the Earth Europe will construct a people's windmill outside the European Parliament in Brussels on 7th November to show that people should be at the centre of renewable energy.
"Brussels could be underwater if EU leaders don't take action on climate change." That was the stark message delivered by Friends of the Earth Europe and WWF today to European institutions around the city.
The activists wore lifejackets whilst they distributed information to highlight the threat of rising sea levels to cities across the planet. Global temperature rises and the subsequent melting of the ice caps could cause disastrous flooding reaching from the coast to the political centre of the European Union.
As the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development today closes the public consultation period on its upcoming energy strategy, a coalition of the largest ten European environmental organisations, the Green 10, is calling on the bank to phase out fossil fuels from its future lending, beginning with coal, and to rule out lending to risky energy sources, such as nuclear and shale gas.
The United Nation's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) fifth assessment report, published today, has confirmed the need for urgent action to address the climate crisis.