Emily Nevins is Deputy Director of Campaigns with the International Secretariat of Amnesty International and is head of their delegation to COP15
World leaders have now arrived for the final stretch of talks to reach what needs to be a fair, ambitious and binding climate deal.
Despite setbacks over the past two weeks, there is a tremendous spirit of collaboration and hope in civil society here in Copenhagen as individuals and organizations continue monitoring negotiations and joining together to campaign for a real deal and for real leadership.
The police confirmed this week that 100,000 people participated in demonstrations in Copenhagen on Saturday. Demonstrations also took place in 140 other countries. The global TckTckTck petition is racing past 12 million signatures as the pressure increases.
Even though most of civil society, including Amnesty International’s delegation, is no longer allowed inside the Bella Center, world leaders must hear the clear global call that has been made and understand that millions of people are watching them to see whether they agree a deal that will ensure vulnerable people everywhere avoid poverty, insecurity and human rights abuses that will be caused by climate change.
A candlelight vigil will be held in Copenhagen this evening in solidarity with people around the world as they await the much anticipated outcome on Friday.
You can still visit http://tcktcktck.org/ to add your name to the petition and demand a fair, ambitious and binding deal.