World leaders stick heads in sand at Rio+20
World leaders in Rio respond to global crisis by sticking their heads in the sand.
NGOs and community groups are criticising a deal dangerously lacking in ambition, urgency and political will.
World leaders are understandably concerned about the broken economy – but until they stop treating it separately from our social and environmental problems it will never be fixed.
Action at home
Friends of the Earth wants the Government to turn the vague ideas in the Rio deal into ambitious commitments at home.
We're calling for the coalition to:
- Invest in clean British energy from the sun, wind and water
To ensure our electricity market is carbon-free.
- Back access to energy for all
And deliver clean, safe and affordable energy for the billions around the world without it.
- Keep promises to end fossil fuel subsidies
George Osborne recently gave huge tax breaks for deep-sea oil and gas drilling.
- Strengthen the Green Investment Bank
So it can borrow and lend money from 2013 to kick-start a clean economy.
- Commit to a Bee Action Plan
To save threatened British bees that pollinate our food.
The UK must show leadership on tackling climate change and transforming the European energy system at a meeting of EU leaders this month.
What you can do
You can help by joining our campaigns calling on the Government to show green leadership at home. Thanks