‘Make love, not CO2’, cli­mate protesters de­mand

The Myanmar Times - - World -

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. –

Photo: AFP

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.

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