Ten red letters took over the plenary. Ten red letters spelling out a simple and clear message to the delegates at the International Climate Change talks. Ten red letters stating: 'DELAY KILLS'.
The Oxfam campaigners holding up these letters clearly feel that delegates are not moving forward fast enough. Japan for example announced that they aim to cut their greenhouse gas by a mere 8% in 2020. This is well below anything approaching what's needed. Even Yvo de Boer, Secretary General of the UNFCC, admitted that: “For the first time in two and a half years in this job, I just don't know what to say.” This makes the campaigners’ message all the more urgent and compelling.
Take the monsoon season in Mumbai. Usually it starts around the first week of June. This year it is delayed, again – with negative effects on the lives 1000s of people in India and South Asia. If we don’t get our act together soon – our delay will cost many more lives.