The Flood

The Flood

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Commenting on the failure of the international community to agree any meaningful action at the Doha climate talks to slash global emissions, Friends of the Earth’s Executive Director Andy Atkins said:

“Rarely has so little been achieved by so many powerful people gathered together in one place – the failure to agree any meaningful international action to slash emissions leaves the world teetering on the edge of catastrophic climate change.

“Wealthy nations must shoulder the blame – they’ve put their short-term interests ahead of the well-being of billions of people around the globe.

“Climate change is already happening and, if left unchecked, will cause economic mayhem that will dwarf our current financial difficulties.

“People in Britain won’t escape the impacts of climate change – we must step up pressure on the Government to show international leadership by setting science-based targets to decarbonise our economy.”


1. Friends of the Earth issued a joint statement earlier this week warning that the international community was on the brink of failure at the Doha climate talks and calling for an agreement that included scaled up public climate finance from 2013, deep emissions cuts and a mechanism to address loss and damage.

2. For more than 40 years we’ve seen that the wellbeing of people and planet go hand in hand – and it’s been the inspiration for our campaigns. Together with thousands of people like you we’ve secured safer food and water, defended wildlife and natural habitats, championed the move to clean energy and acted to keep our climate stable. Be a Friend of the Earth – see things differently. For further information visit

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