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Latest update : 2009-12-07

56 papers around the world speak with one voice on climate change

FRENCH PRESS REVIEW: Libération and Le Monde have the same editorial as 54 other newspapers around the world this morning: they call on delegates in Copenhagen to ‘make the right choice’.

‘Our generation faced with the judgment of history’ is the title of this morning’s editorial in the left-leaning paper Libération. They’re not alone in coming to this conclusion. In an unprecedented move, newspapers in 45 countries around the world are speaking with one voice as the Copenhagen climate change summit opens.

“We call on the representative of the 192 countries present not to hesitate, not to fall into dispute, not to blame each other but to seize opportunity from the greatest modern failure of politics.”

The aim of the summit is to limit temperature rises to 2°C which would see emissions peak and begin falling with the next 5-10 years. If temperatures rise higher, the editorial warns, untold millions could be displaced and whole nations drowned by the sea.

It goes on to lament the fact that the world finds itself at the mercy of American domestic politics. The President cannot fully commit to the action required until the US Congress has done so.

The conclusion is bold and dramatic, “The politicians in Copenhagen have the power to shape history’s judgment on this generation; one that saw a challenge and rose to it, or one so stupid that we saw calamity coming but did nothing to avert it. We implore them to make the right choice.”

Other articles in today’s French papers:

Libération
The incredible impact of the "No Emissions" family

Libération
Roger Helmer, British Conservative MEP and ‘climatesceptic’

Le Figaro
Values revolution to be found at the end of your car’s exhaust?

La Croix
Chinese people more and more concerned by climate change

 

 

By James CREEDON

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