A group of activists from the environmental organization Greenpeace has taken this Sunday dozens of portable solar panels and photovoltaic modules to the Temple of Debod, in Madrid, to send a message to the Government on the day the Climate Summit begins in Egypt or COP27. “Pedro, what is it for today! Renewables for everyone NOW“, read the banner that they have displayed in the tourist enclave of the capital.
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Greenpeace has asked this place, a symbol of Egyptian culture in Madrid – a temple that the African country donated to Spain for its help to save the Nubian temples – to ask the Government to take it to the climate summit that begins this Sunday ” commitments of climate justice to accelerate the energy transition”, as explained by the organization in a statement, in which they also ask that with these actions the Executive makes “all of society” participate in the benefits of renewables.
“Pedro Sánchez has a golden opportunity to send a clear message that the cultural, political and economic hegemony of fossil fuels has come to an end and that he is firmly committed to the only solutions, solutions that work throughout the world and benefit the whole of society and to the planet: renewables for people, made by people; saving and energy efficiency”, says María Prado, coordinator of this Greenpeace campaign that has toured various locations in Spain in recent months.
Under the title ‘Renewables in your hands now. It is possible, it is time’, the NGO has taken the campaign to Getafe, Zaragoza, Teruel, Valencia, Malaga and Arroyomolinos de León, in Huelva. At those points, they proposed to each of the city councils that they promote a motion “to acquire specific commitments to implement an energy transition plan”. This Sunday, 40 activists have arrived in Madrid, who have been placed around the monument, with portable solar panels, and have demanded from the President of the Government a series of initiatives to accelerate this energy transition.
Specifically, they demand that the central Executive “quickly and fairly abandon fossil fuels”, eliminate its subsidies and withdraw the idea of turning Spain “into a European gas hub”, as projects such as BarMar point out, “which prolong the use of these fuels. Greenpeace asks that in this transition “it guarantees that renewable development occurs in an orderly manner and with the participation of citizens” and that it recognizes “the role of biodiversity in mitigating and adapting to climate change”.
The organization asks Sánchez to make it clear that “a 1.5ºC increase in temperature is the only acceptable interpretation of the Paris Agreement.” “Coherently, Spain should increase its commitment to reduce emissions to at least 55% in 2030 compared to 1990”, he says. “Increase the necessary contribution to fulfill the global promise (of 2015) to contribute 100,000 million dollars so that low-income countries can adapt and increase resilience to the impacts of climate change,” he also asks, according to the statement .
From Egypt, the representative of Greenpeace Spain in the international delegation of Greenpeace at COP27, Pedro Zorrilla, has maintained that “Spain has the opportunity and the responsibility to lead the most ambitious decisions” in this international event. “The COP27 must be the summit of climate justice”, he judged, to demand that the Executive commit to the necessary measures “so that those who are most vulnerable to the consequences of climate change can face the losses and damages caused by a climate problem. They are barely responsible.”
The summit that is being held starting today in the Egyptian city of Sharm-el-sheik is the 27th edition of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP27), an event that brings together representations from nearly 200 countries and which is celebrated in a year in which signs of global warming are more latent than ever, with unprecedented heat waves, fires, droughts, floods and glacial collapses.