International climate hearing: "1.5 million people. act now save lives"

15 Décembre, 2009 | CULTIVONS
Desmond Tutu at the climate hearing, December 15. Credit: Jens Astrup/Oxfam International
Desmond Tutu at the climate hearing, December 15. Credit: Jens Astrup/Oxfam International

Today's international climate hearing, hosted by Oxfam, was the first of it's kind. At the heart of the UN negotiations, which, in week 2 have become known for their slow pace and frustrating lack of progress, climate witnesses gathered to remind delegates that this isn't talk, it isn't politics. It's about people.

In a packed out room full of the world's media (so full UN security had to step in to limit access) we heard testimonies of the impact of climate change from Uganda, Kiribati, Peru and Bangladeh. These stories, as personal as they are, are also representative of something much bigger. This year, over 1.5 million people have participated in hearings organised by Oxfam and our partners, and events have taken place in 36 countries. This hearing, as a culmination of the hundreds of hearings that have taken place around the world, brought all those stories to the attention of negotiators and media here in Copenhagen.

Desmond Tutu spoke about the urgent need to listen to these voices.

Mary Robinson provided a verdict, calling for urgent action in the negotiations.

After the hearing, Mary, along with the climate witnesses, presented the verdict and a real life life ring with the words '1.5 million people. act now save lives' emblazoned on it to Yvo de Boer, UNFCCC executive secretary who thanked the witnesses for coming so far to share their stories.

Watch our video of the hearing or the UN Webcast.

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