UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Executive Secretariat Christiana Figueres spoke at the Climate and Coal conference today, 18 Nov, in Warsaw, taking time away from her administration of the 19th UNFCCC Conference of Parties (COP19). Figueres took a strong climate stance at the coal conference, and stated in her remarks to the world coal summit that we must "leave most existing reserves [of coal] in the ground." At the pre-COP youth convergence, many of those present expressed worry that her participation in the coal summit legitimizes the industry, despite her tough stance.
There was a rally today in protest of Poland intentionally scheduling the World Coal Association at the same time as COP19. Protestors pretended to be either lobbyists, throwing handfuls of money and coal dust at a giant inflatable pair of lungs, or activists wearing surgical masks and holding signs. A medical student read a statement about the harmful effects of burning coal. Greenpeace activists hung up a Polish Flag which red, “Who runs Poland? Coal industry or the people?”
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