Don’t let the fossil fuel lobby drown out small countries in vital climate talks


A boy carrying relief goods following the devastation caused by Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines in November 2013

International campaign body Avaaz is fundraising to ensure that the fossil fuel lobby is not able to monopolise the agenda at the Paris climate change talks

3rd November 2015 by TFN 0 Comments

Small island nations, which are literally drowning as a result of climate change, cannot afford to attend the world's most important climate talk in Paris at the end of this month.

In their place will be an army of fossil fuel lobbyists bent on persuading world leaders to continue on the current path to the destruction of the planet.

However, international campaign group Avaaz wants to change that. It has launched a fundraising campaign to raise money to help ensure the people most affected by climate change are at these vital talks.  

It is calling for 70,000 people to donate as little as £2 to help ensure that all of the world's voices are heard in Paris, where 196 countries will meet to sign a new climate change agreement. 

Iain Keith, campaign director at Avaaz, said: "Time and again we have seen how big polluter countries dominate climate conferences, blocking action and stalling the deals we need to save our planet. But it often takes the moral voice of countries on the frontline, already suffering mega typhoons and losses to sea-level rise, to bring the world's attention back to what's at stake and the urgency of action.

"This is the last meeting of its kind to get a global climate deal. Without their voices in the room in Paris we, and all future generations, will lose.

"We can do it – our movement has the scale to raise what's needed to bring delegations to the summit, and empower their voices with a dedicated campaigns team. If just 70,000 of us chip in, we can help ensure these countries don't pay the ultimate sacrifice. Chip in now – let's make sure their cries for survival echo through Paris."

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