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‘Vampire’ countries told to stop sucking Kyoto dry

'Vampire' countries sucking Kyoto Protocol dryDecember 07 2011 - Japan, Russia, Canada and the EU must stop sucking the life out of Kyoto at the climate change talks in Durban, campaigners are demanding today outside the four countries' London embassies.

'These four are like vampires that are sucking the Kyoto Protocol dry,' Paul Brannen, Head of Advocacy & Influence at Christian Aid said today at the start of the demonstrations by activists from the Stop Climate Chaos coalition.

'Their negotiating tactics in Durban are imperilling Kyoto's future, but it's the only law the world has to protect our climate. Destroying it now, as scientific evidence mounts about the dangerous future facing us all, would be a deadly mistake.'

The Kyoto Protocol is the only international law requiring countries to take action to protect the world's climate. The Stop Climate Chaos coalition today handed letters to the countries’ embassies calling for them to commit to a second commitment period of the Protocol. By doing so, and by including strong emissions reduction targets, Japan, Russia, Canada and the EU can demonstrate that they are serious about tackling climate change.

With the impacts of global warming hitting the poor first and worst, people across Asia, Africa and Latin America are already suffering from floods, drought and unpredictable weather.

Following an unusually severe storm in Durban the day before the conference started which killed several people, the UN's climate chief Christiana Figueres warned the conference that climate change will bring more such extremes across the world.

Paul Brannen added: ‘Japan, Russia, Canada and the EU must prove they are serious about making a lasting solution to the crisis. Low carbon commitments must be renewed if we are to prevent the earth from warming by more than 2 degrees with disastrous consequences.'

The Stop Climate Chaos coalition members taking part included Christian Aid, Tearfund, Friends of the Earth, Greenpeace, World Development Movement, and People & Planet. 

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· Stop Climate Chaos is the UK’s largest group of people dedicated to action on climate change and limiting its impact on the world’s poorest communities.

· Stop Climate Chaos has a combined supporter base of more than 11 million people, spanning over 100 organisations from environment and development charities to unions, faith, community and women's groups.