|CFACT Stands by World's Poor|
|Written by Sarah Gross|
|Monday, 14 December 2009 08:33|
Today in Copenhagen, activists from around the world gathered to protest the lack of action taken by COP15 participants on global warming. These protestors said more drastic action is needed to stop the effects of climate change throughout the world.|
One organization, though, took quite another stance. The Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow (CFACT) met in Axeltorv Square, across from the entrance of the world famous Tivoli Gardens, for a different kind of protest.
They wanted to draw attention to the devastation that "solutions" to so-called climate change would bring to the poorest people in the developing and developed world.
In the center of the square, a thin wall was set up, which CFACT named the “CO2 Curtain.” This curtain was meant to represent how development would be stopped if people are no longer allowed to use coal or oil. CFACT members spray-painted the wall with questions and slogans about the importance of CO2 in life.
The wall faced the main entrance to Tivoli Gardens, in the view of hundreds of tourists, COP15 participants and Copenhagen citizens. Due to the sunny day, the bright colors of the spray paint stood out and could be read from across the street.
Voicing their opinions through a megaphone, protesters asked passersby how the UN has the authority to deny to developing countries the same possibilities and resources that developed countries used to get where they are. Contrary to the other protesters, CFACT asked people to think about how they could help other people in the world through allowing poorer countries to develop in a method of their own choosing—a message of freedom oddly absent in the other protests.
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