12 November 2012

Egypt: Arab Youth Call Governments to Take Action Against Climate Change

Activists in Cairo from the "Arab Youth Climate Movement" made a peaceful march across Kasr El Nil bridge and reached the Arab League headquarters on Saturday,November 10, 2012

They held a banner stating "Arabs; Take the lead!" referring to the need for Arab governments, in particular the government of Qatar, to exploit this golden opportunity and take leadership in international talks on climate change, given its geopolitical location, according to their press statement.

Arab youth united in more than 13 Arab countries to call for serious action against climate change. Members of the "Arab Youth Climate Movement" simultaneously organized peaceful activities in their respective countries in coordination with their colleagues in other Arab countries.

This action aims at urging Arab leaders, in particular the Qatari government, to reach the best solutions to the environmental disaster we face at the United Nations Conference on Climate Change to be held for the first time in an Arab country (Qatar) from 26 November to 7 December 2012.

"This is a historic opportunity at the political and media levels for Arab countries since they are stereotyped as nations that do not care about the devastating effects of climate change, but are only concerned with their oil reserves and revenues", stressed their press statement.

Activists have participated in the regional day of action against climate change in each of the following countries: Egypt, Sudan, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine, Libya, Morocco, Algeria, Mauritania, Bahrain, United Arab Emirates, Oman, and Iraq.

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