Greenpeace response on G20 communique

Last edited 2 April 2009 at 5:50pm
2 April, 2009

Commenting on the G20 communique, Greenpeace executive director John Sauven said:

"Tacking climate change on to the end of the communique as an after thought does not demonstrate anything like the seriousness we needed to see. Hundreds of billions were found for the IMF and World Bank, but for making the transition to a green economy there is no money on the table, just vague aspirations, talks about talks and agreements to agree."

He continued: "As the world races towards a climate crisis, G20 leaders have been rearranging deckchairs on the Titanic while maintaining the same catastrophic course.

A clear financial commitment to green investment and jobs could have helped kick-start a green economy and tackle climate change. The G20 have let the world down by missing such a vital opportunity, ahead of the Copenhagen climate summit at the end of the year, to resolve these twin crises simultaneously."

He added: "It seems the only person in London who was serious about tackling climate change was Prince Charles, who arranged to meet world leaders to press for protection for the world's forests as a way to cut carbon emissions."


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