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Campaigners in Cambodia demand climate justice at CoP15 in a tcktcktck event

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Approximately 400 people representing a cross sector of society in Cambodia gathered under the hot sunny sky for a tcktcktck campaign event in Phnom Penh to call on world leaders to reach a fair, ambitious and binding global climate deal at CoP15 in Copenhagen by the end of the week.

“Time to Act is Running Out! It’s Time for Climate Action!” chanted the crowd.

Many people could hear the loud chants from the Royal Palace and the Independent Monument that stand a few hundred meters away. Some stopped by and watched while the campaigners formed an hourglass and the earth that’s trapped in the hourglass. It got more exciting when the campaigners ran down from the top to the bottom of the hourglass to demonstrate that the earth is dissolving like sand.

“World leaders are going halfway through the UN climate negotiations, but they are doing nowhere near enough to tackle the climate crisis,” says Brian Lund, East Asia Regional Director of Oxfam America. “So, we are calling on world leaders, especially leaders of rich countries who have more resources and technology, to increase their commitment to reduce green house gas emissions and to provide more financing for poor countries like Cambodia to adapt to climate change.”

While the UN climate conference in Copenhagen has largely centered on emissions reductions, poor countries like Cambodia are more focused on financing that could help their communities adapt.

“We are demanding that climate negotiators in Copenhagen press countries with major greenhouse gas emissions to take their fair share and put money on the table to tackle the crisis,” says Boonny Tep, Executive Director of Save Cambodia Wildlife and a participant of the event. “It is a crucial moment to join this global force to demand for climate justice, and I hope today’s event as well as events like this around the world will encourage world leaders to reach a fair and safe climate deal at the UN conference.”

Brian Lund said at the tcktcktck campaign event that rich countries including America, Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, and some European countries must meet their global climate responsibilities and provide financing for developing countries like Cambodia, so that poor communities, especially small-scale farmers can be protected from inevitable climate impacts.
Cambodia is striving to rebuild itself after three decades of civil wars that left almost 2 million Cambodians dead. Its development efforts are often hampered by natural disasters. Cambodia has been identified as one of the most vulnerable countries in Asia to climate change due to its low adaptive capacity and limited resources to address the issue. One in three Cambodians lives on less than a dollar a day and 80% of the population makes their living in the agricultural sector.

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