Climate change ticking in China

2009-03-24 アップロード · 52 視聴

Greenpeace project a giant ticking clock on Beijing's old city gate in a bid to bring climate change back onto the nation's agenda.

Time is running out in the fight against climate change.

This is the message projected onto one of Beijing's ancient city gates by environmental campaigners Greenpeace.

The clock projection is part of a series of events Greenpeace has arranged to highlight the importance of China's role in the December climate talks.

Amid the global economic downturn these campaigners are desperate for the climate issue not to be forgotten.

(SOUNDBITE)(Mandarin) GREENPEACE CLIMATE CAMPAIGNER LI YAN SAYING:

"Greenpeace believe that China, as the biggest developing country and also the world's largest emitter of greenhouse gases, has the ability and responsibility to lead all the countries to a consensus on these important climate change issues."

The clock is ticking down the minutes to the United Nations climate meeting in Copenhagen at the end of the year.

Greenpeace want China's government to commit to reducing emissions.

(SOUNDBITE)(Mandarin) GREENPEACE CLIMATE CAMPAIGNER LI YAN SAYING:

"We hope President Hu Jintao will strengthen the dialogue with President Obama and will attend the Copenhagen meeting. At the same time we call on the Chinese government to take more positive actions to reduce emissions."

The government has set targets for reducing carbon emissions and increasing fuel efficiency.

But some experts are not confident that the targets will be met when local officials are fixed on protecting growth, revenue and jobs.

Matthew Stock, Reuters.

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