Warsaw, Poland - November 15, 2013: Japan will be handed a special "Fossil Of the Day" award at a colorful press conference today at which civil society will slam Japan's decision to slash its mitigation target.
Japan is the second rich country this week to walk away from climate action, with Australia tabling legislation to repeal its carbon price earlier this week.
At the press conference, activists will perform a powerful visual stunt highlighting the hurtful timing of Japan and Australia's announcements given the disaster in the Philippines which overshadowed the opening of the UN climate negotiations this week.
Speakers will then provide a reaction and analysis to Japan's announcement.
- Kimiko Hirata, director, CAN Japan - will respond to Japan's announcement;
- Wael Hmaidan, director, CAN International - who will reflect on the first week of the negotiations and the international context of Japan's announcement;
- Marion Vieweg, Climate Analytics - who will present an analysis on what Japan's announcement means in terms of overall climate action;
- Heather Bruer, Australian Youth Climate Coalition - on the national day of action being held in Australia in response to Canberra's axing of their climate action plan.
• What: A visual stunt, followed by reaction and analysis to Japan's decision to slash climate action.
• When: 11am-12pmCET, today Friday November 15th.
• Where: COP19 Venue, National Stadium Warsaw, Press Conference Room 2 located on Level -2/Zone E6, right next to Plenary 2.
The press conference will also be webcast live here: http://unfccc4.meta-fusion.com/kongresse/adp02/templ/ovw_live.php?id_kongressmain=241