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Put your weight behind renewable energy sources, Cypriot environmentalists tell EU

Friends of the Earth Cyprus organised a media stunt in Limassol yesterday ahead of the talks of the Climate Summit in Paris.

The environmental NGO staged a symbolic ‘tug-of-war’ between polluting fossil fuel industries and renewable energy sources. They called for EU governments to join the side of citizens and build a clean and safe 100 per cent renewable future.

The organisation called the Cyprus government, as well as the governments of the EU member states, to stop favouring fossil fuels and promote clean energy sources that will ensure the future of the planet and its people.

“The EU and member states must cut greenhouse gas emissions and establish radical measures in order to achieve the reduction of emissions,” they said in a statement.
“The existing reduction targets of greenhouse emissions is not in line with the science for keeping global warming below 2°C and will increase climate change impacts already recorded around the world.”

Theys said European leaders’ actions must reflect the urgency of a shift to a fully renewable energy system and that the drastic cut on greenhouse gas emissions must be a priority and a continuous process before and after the significant year of 2030.

“Europe has the potential and the responsibility to do more to speed-up the energy transition, and increase its efforts to tackle climate change for the benefit of the climate and citizens across the world,” it added. “The summit in Paris can help end reliance on fossil fuels and reshape the energy system.”

Throughout 2015 and beyond people from around the globe and Friends of the Earth groups will keep the pressure on national governments to take urgent and appropriate action in line with what science and justice demand, as well as implementing their own solutions to the climate crisis, the organisation said.

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