Doha Marches For Climate Action with IndyACT and AYCM
Doha, Qatar - December 1, 2012 - A beautiful colorful image in Doha streets, chants and banners everywhere while hundreds of activists from the Arab region and around the world attended a historical march at Cornish Park, Al Cornish Street next to Sheraton Roundabout, calling to demand urgent actions to address climate change at COP18, asking for a world that does not compromise resources and life for future generations and their ability to meet their own needs. The march is thought to be the first ever event of its kind in the history of modern-day of Qatar.
Ali Fakhry, IndyACT media campaigner explained "the marchers are here to ask their country leaders to act now, there is no time left". While hundreds of people gathered holding their banners & chanting "Pledge Pledge, Pledge", "Arabs; it's time to lead" "One Environment, earth", calling for urgent climate action, concrete steps towards binding future agreement in Doha & a second commitment of Kyoto protocol that should start in 2013.
"Time is running out for us to ensure climate impacts do not spin out of control. We only have one environment & one earth, as the ministers and decision makers are coming, we need them to hear civil society voices and push for concrete steps they are willing to take whether it is committing to cutting their emissions or ensuring poorer countries get support to take action" Ali Added.
Activists from more than 15 Arab countries such as Qatar, Mauritania, Morocco, Jordan, Libya, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, Palestine, Lebanon, Iraq, Algeria, Sudan, Oman, Egypt and Bahrain will also call on their own leaders - during the first climate negotiations ever held in the Middle East -to submit concrete voluntary pledges for mitigation targets at COP18 in order to fulfill their own responsibilities in reducing Greenhouse gas emissions.
The march is supported by regional and international NGO networks such as IndyACT, OASIS Doha, 350.org, Climate Action Network, and the global TckTckTck campaign, as well as youth activists who were instrumental in the Arab spring and are now organized in the newly founded Arab Youth Climate Movement.
The youth climate movement - another first of its kind in the Arab world launched by IndyACT– unites hundreds of grass roots activists from across the region. On 10 November, activists staged a regional Day of Action in the lead up to the UN climate talks in Doha (http://aycm.net/).