The biggest ever hand-in of climate change petitions has happened today, directly in-front of the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Bali. Watch a video of the handin on our YouTube channel
The UK Minister for the Environment, Hilary Benn came out from the conference to meet with representatives of 2.6 million people, from 193 countries, who have taken action on climate change with Avaaz.org, Oxfam, Greenpeace, Friends of the Earth, Moveon.org, Getup.org, 1Sky, Stop Climate Chaos, Live Earth, I Count and the Alliance for Climate Protection.
Mr Benn talked to people gathered and assured them that their concerns for our future where ones that he also shared and that he would take our messages back into conference discussions this afternoon.
The handover of the petition was our way of letting delegates know that there is no time for delay. Delegates have all the facts and figures they need to move forward and tackle climate change, from the Stern review, which looked at the economics, the IPCC reports, that covered the science and the United Nation’s Human Development Report, which put the human impacts of climate change in stark terms. All that is needed now is the political will.
Politicians and public servants that are here in Bali, representing their countries, need to show that they have been listening, to the experts, to the civil society organizations, but most importantly to women and men from around the world, who are standing together and demanding that their representatives take care of our future and that they take their responsibilities seriously.