The Future watches Poland
On Thursday 20th March 2014, The Future stood and watched Poland from the borders of Germany, Slovakia, Czech Republic and Sweden, as the Polish government attempted to prevent the leaders of the European Union from agreeing new targets for reducing Europe’s carbon emissions.
We watched Poland because by blocking Europe in this way the Polish government is warping one of the most important political processes on the planet. Europe used to be a world leader on climate action. But Poland’s determination to protect its coal industry – and the other European leader’s willingness to capitulate to Poland’s appallingly short sighted political maneuvering – is massively weakening this leadership.
Unless Europe leads the world on climate action, other governments around the world are unlikely to agree to making the tough political decisions that are needed if we are to protect our future from climate change.
The Future watches every key political moment in the politics of climate change. When we watch we wear our symbol: the Eye – a circle drawn around the eye which means that we are are rising up to fight back, that we are judging the people in power and that we refuse to be victims of climate change.
After the protest one of the young Slovakian activists from The Future said “we must force our Governments to act on climate change and protect our generation from a life of environmental catastrophe. It is clear from the EU council meeting that Europe is divided on its desire to tackle carbon emissions. We must hold these flagging decision-makers to account in the face of extreme indecision and cowardice.”
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