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27 February 2009

Climate change: a call to action (it’s up to us!) - preview

Joe Thwaites went to the UN Climate Change summit in Poznan with Friends of the Earth. His experience there convinced him that Quakers must take a lead

A series of meetings, which in UN speak are called Conferences of the Parties (COPs) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, have been held every year since 1995
  • In 1997, countries agreed the Kyoto Protocol, which came into force in 2005
  • It set (very low) targets for developed countries to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 2012
  • Many countries are destined to fall short of meeting even these low reductions
  • Other countries, most notably the US, refused to even ratify it

  • Joe Thwaites

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