Thursday, December 11, 2014

Activists tackle dirty energy funding at Lima talks

A commitment to decarbonize economies and transition to a 100% clean energy future by 2050 has been a vociferous subject at the climate change talks in Lima, Peru.

The decarbonization target is currently in the draft text of the climate agreement – close to 90 countries have voiced their support for the inclusion of a zero-emission target.

But there are fears fossil fuel companies and polluting countries will lobby furiously to get it removed before a deal is signed in Paris.

‘Dirty Energy’ campaigners believe burning any fossil fuel for economic expansion is bad for the climate.

Dirty energy involves the exploitation of the earth’s resources, especially petroleum, at the expense of the health and economic livelihoods of low-income communities.

A coalition of NGOs in Africa under the umbrella of the Pan-African Climate Justice Alliance (PACJA) staged an action against funding for dirty energy and demanded a stop to fossil fuel use by 2050 whilst attention is turned to renewable, efficient energy use.

Kofi Adu Domfeh filed this report from Lima.

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