Don’t Nuke The Climate: New Campaign

“On lane 16, seven international clean energy organisations launched a major new campaign aimed at keeping nuclear newer out of all negotiations at the upcoming UN climate talks in Paris. The UN Climate Change Conference (‘COP-21’) will be held in Paris from November 30 to December 11.

The seven initiating groups are the two organisations behind the Nuclear Monitor — the World information Service on Energy {WlSE-Amsterdam) and the Nuclear Information & Resource Service (NIRS) – along with Sortir du Nucleaire (France), Ecodefense (Russia), Global 2000 (Austria), Women in Europe for a Common Future (WECF) and Burgerinitiative Umweltschutz (Germany).

Some of the same groups were critical to a similar effort at the UN negotiations in The Hague in 2000, which succeeded in barring nuclear power from the Kyoto Protocol’s Clean Development Mechanism. And some of the groups also organised the large Nuclear-Free, Carbon-Tree contingent to last year’s People’s Climate March in New York City.

Peer de Rijk of WISE-Amsterdam said: “We are calling on 1000 civil society organisations to join us for a campaign to block the nuclear industry’s lobby activities at COP-21 and instead ensure the worldchooses clean energy.” SIGN THE PETITION!

‘The first step of this new international campaign is a petition that will be presented to world leaders in December. Organisations can sign the petition at- http://www.wiseinternational.org/campaign/sign-petition . Individuals can sign the petition at http://org2.salsalabs.com/o/5502/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=20658 [We are supporting this action: members of our Campaign can also do so individually (see above). Ed. ]

‘JOIN US IN PARIS. On December 12, groups will organise an anti-nuclear block in the Global Climate March. Buses and trains will bring people to Paris. http://www.wiseinternational.org/campaign/march-paris

Danyel Dubreuil from Sortir du Nucleaire said. “The government keeps extending the lifetime of ageing reactors and supporting a dirty, expensive, dangerous and declining nuclear industry and will most probably use the COP2 1 to try saving its national nuclear industry, while promoting it as clean and climate-friendly. We condemn the sponsoring of the COP by polluting companies -and especially by EDF— and will denounce the greenwashing of the nuclear industry in Paris.”

From Nuclear Monitor No. 806 25th June, 2015