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The 20th session of the UN climate talks, the COP 20, began this week in Lima, Peru. Friends of the Earth participate in the COP campaigning for a fair global climate deal. Parallel to the events in Lima Young Friends of the Earth Europe are arranging the event “Brussels in Lima” – an event that will gather young Europeans to follow the climate negotiations in Lima and mobilize for change.
The upcoming week 60 youth climate activist from almost 20 European countries will gather in Brussels to share knowledge and lay down their demands for climate justice. Maruska Mileta, from Young Friends of the Earth Europe (YFOEE), means that instead of flying to another continent, they decided to focus on Europe and movement building there: “we organized these kinds of events before, whenever a COP was taken place outside of Europe”. In the events they will follow the negotiations as they unfold in Lima through live links with civil society and social movements present there. Furthermore, the event in Brussels aims to put pressure on government delegations and institutions in Lima, representatives from the European Union and other developed countries.
Last year civil society and social movements walked out of the UN climate talks in Warsaw, COP 19, claiming that the talks were unjust and under corporate capture. They left stating “volveremos” – meaning that they would be back much more mobilized and stronger than before. Maruska points to how the “Lima in Brussels” event is important for the movement building in Europe, especially the youth movement building as it is: ”a mobilization element that is required for real systematic change, which will only happen through a broad activist movement”.
The activities at the event involve skills sharing sessions and lectures by guest speakers, on topics such as false solutions and corporate capture. The event will furthermore include concrete planning for the next year in Paris, the COP 21 and beyond. YFOEE will also link up with activist in Lima: “to see how we can act in Brussels in solidarity and how we can pressure the European union to increase its ambition and to be effective in their climate actions”.
Imagen: Luka Tomac https://www.foeeurope.org/yfoee/lima-in-brussels-2014
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