Greenpeace activists drape statue in Barcelona

6th November 2009, Comments 0 comments

A statue of Christopher Columbus was draped with banners as a form of protest over UN’s inability to arrive at a climate change deal.

Barcelona – Greenpeace activists Friday draped a statue of Christopher Columbus with banners protesting at the lack of action from the United States on climate change.

The protest in Barcelona, came as a five-day session of UN talks on global warming drew to a close in the Spanish city, with little progress made towards a deal on cutting greenhouse gas emissions.

Greenpeace said the United States was one of the worst environmental offenders and accused Washington of trying to scupper the Barcelona talks.

Activists hung the Columbus statue with banners reading "Save the climate" and "Climate chaos, who is responsible?"

"Columbus is pointing towards America because that's where you will find the biggest culprit in the climate catastrophe that we face: the United States," Juan Lopez de Uralde, head of Greenpeace in Spain, said in a statement.

The environmental group also published a "Guide to Climate Politics" on Friday detailing what it called "the gulf separating world leaders' words and action on climate change".

The guide puts US President Barack Obama in last place on climate change action, followed by the head of the Spanish government Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero.

Greenpeace said countries such as China and Indonesia had made some progress but were still not doing enough.

Negotiators from more than 190 countries are in Barcelona for the last round of discussions before the UN climate summit in Copenhagen in December.

The aim had been to draw up a new binding treaty on climate change to last beyond 2012, but negotiations have been mired in disagreements over how to apportion carbon emission cuts and finance a switch to less polluting technologies.

The process has been held up in part by US reluctance to declare its hand while a climate bill slowly makes its way through Congress.

AFP / Expatica

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