IndyACT Demands Arab Leaders to Pledge Soon at COP 18 - Doha

Doha, Qatar –5 December, 2012 - Today, another action took place at the COP18 - Doha UN conference for climate change negotiations to highlight the need for Arab leaders to push the negotiations further and faster towards immediate pledges to reduce carbon emissions. The action took place in the Qatar National Convention Center – QNCC where the negotiations are taking place on the 9th day and decisions are supposed to be made.

The action presented a man dressed in an Arab’s attire representing Arab leaders walking in extreme slow motion towards making a pledge. His movement is apparently stalled by the weight of political will which is wrapped in around his legs.

The media campaigner at IndyACT Ali Fakhry explained that the idea of the stunt came due to the slow negotiations that have so far not lead to any pledge from the Arab world to reduce green house gas emissions.
“Now that the end of COP 18 is around the corner it is very crucial that world leaders start making pledges to reduce green house gas emissions. This year, all eyes are on Arabs and the success of COP 18 practically depends on their commitment to immediate voluntary pledges to reduce emissions”

In fact, IndyACT announced that they will also launch on the second day a one of its kind pledges’ board named “Pledge to Plug”. The board is made of 22 energy saving light bulbs installed each over the flag of an Arab country. Whenever an Arab country pledges to reduce emissions the light bulb will be lit to show the beginning of a new age of reduced carbon emissions and renewable energy.

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