‘Make love, not CO2’, climate protesters demand
THOUSANDS of Moroccans and foreigners marched on Marrakesh to demand “climate justice” from global envoys gathered for UN talks on staving off worst-case-scenario global warming threats.
“It is an international march for all the people who suffer the results of climate change, yet had no role in causing it,” Mohamed Leghtas of a Moroccan climate coalition of environment, human rights and labour groups, said on November 13.
Native Peruvians, Berber groups and African associations formed part of the procession which snaked through the city, brandishing placards reading: “Make love, not CO2”, and “1.5 C to stay alive.”
The latter refers to the goals of the climate rescue Paris Agreement, concluded at the round of UN talks in the French capital in 2015, that set the goal of limiting global warming to two degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit), or 1.5 C if possible.
The protest took place on the sidelines of the 22nd Conference of Parties of the UN’s climate convention, COP22 for short, which runs until November 18.
Diplomats must negotiate rules for putting the hard-fought Paris Agreement’s goals into action.
They will be joined by dozens of African heads of state, French President Francois Hollande and UN chief Ban Ki-moon today. –
Moroccan and international demonstrators shout slogans and hold placards during a rally against climate change in Marrakesh on the sidelines of the COP22 climate conference on November 13.