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Climate activists down forks in solidarity with Philippines

Last Updated: Wednesday, November 13, 2013 - 21:05

Warsaw: Ecologists at UN climate talks in Warsaw downed forks Tuesday in solidarity fast with the typhoon-ravaged Philippines` chief negotiator, demanding "ambitious action" to halt global warming.

When the 12-day summit opened in the Polish capital on Monday, Naderev Sano pledged to fast until progress is made towards fighting the climate change he blames for the super typhoon that struck his country.

About 30 environmentalists from countries including Sri Lanka, Ukraine, Poland, India and the United States, announced Tuesday they would also stop eating in support.

"Some are fasting in solidarity with Mr. Sano with no food whatsoever, just water, to the end of the summit, or until real progress is made," Anjali Appadurai, an activist with Friends of the Earth Sri Lanka, said.

Protesting at one of the conference venue`s many busy cafeterias, activists wore large red dots on their lapels as a symbol of solidarity with the Philippines envoy and touted signs reading: "It`s lunch time but we`re not eating", "We stand with you, we stand with the Philippines", and "Climate justice now!"

AFP
First Published: Wednesday, November 13, 2013 - 21:05
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