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A look back at COP20

15 December 2014 | by Sarah Dickson

UN climate talks in Peru have now been wrapped up. 

Christian Aid’s campaigners maintained their energy, enthusiasm and determination throughout the last week as they continued to work with other ACT Alliance members and southern partners to call on world leaders to Act Now for Climate Justice.

Campaign stunt 

After Typhoon Hagupit swept across the Philippines on 6 and 7 December, campaigners in Lima stood together in solidarity, not just sympathy, with those affected.

Scenes from the climate march in Lima This was followed last Wednesday by Latin America’s biggest ever climate march.

15,000 people from communities across the world walked through the streets of Lima in a sea of colour, chanting for climate justice.

Our staff marched alongside students, environmentalists, drummers, giant sun models, women’s groups and many Latin Americans whose homes and livelihoods are at growing risk from climate change.
 
On the final day of the UN talks, Christian Aid and ACT Alliance campaigners appealed to negotiators not to gamble with our planet’s future - particularly the fragile future of communities already struggling with the impacts of climate change.

To highlight this message, ACT campaigners organised a gambling game with chocolate coins in front of delegates and media at the entrance to the venue.

Campaign stunt involving chocolate coins  

Despite two weeks of campaign pressure on decision-makers to use the Lima meeting to build the foundations of a fair and ambitious global climate deal, negotiations ended on Sunday morning without much real progress having been made.

Our Senior Climate Change Advisor, Mohamed Adow, says that 'countries have missed the gun and now need to play catch up' before a global climate deal is agreed next December in Paris.

The pressure is on

The good news is that there is still time to change the course of history in the coming year if we can only step up the pressure on world leaders to act.

This year, hundreds of thousands of people marched for the climate in cities across the world, and investors like the Rockefeller oil dynasty ditched fossil fuels.

As we build on this momentum throughout 2015, leaders won’t be able to ignore our calls for a clean, low-carbon future.

We will continue to build the international Act Now for Climate Justice campaign with ACT Alliance members in the run up to the UN climate talks in December 2015.

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