COP19 Warsaw Live Blog, Day 2

COP19 Warsaw Live Blog, Day 2
Warsaw Poland

COP19 Warsaw Live Blog, Day 2

After the announcement by Philippine's negotiator Naderev Sano to go on voluntary hunger strike during the talks, climate activists publicly expressed their solidarity with him and the Filippino population. Civil society groups led by the Climate Action Network said they will join Sano in his hunger strike, until "there is a clear climate action". Three young activists who accompanied Yeb Sano, as he left the COP plenary after his moving speech, unfolded a sign with the names of the towns destroyed by the Super Typhoon Haiyan - and were subsequently banned from the summit.Meanwhile Germanwatch released its Global Climate Risk Index 2014, revealing over 500,000 people have died as a direct result of extreme weather events, and losses between 1993 and 2012 amount to more than US$2.5 trillion.

Criticism toward the host Poland got louder on day 2 of COP19, as WWF activists marched toward the National Stadium in Warsaw, venue of the COP-19, holding banners demanding a cleaner polish energy plan. "Poland can be renewable", stated one of the banners. "We have to change the policy of our country to support more renewables," Paweł Średziński, press officer of WWF Poland, explained to CNM's Silvia Giannelli. Średziński critizised the Polish government's support for the coal industry, which he attributed to the fact that in Poland, "coal industry is also state industry". Julia Michalak, EU policy officer from CAN Europe, expressed similar concerns over Poland's decision to host the Coal and Climate Summit at the same time.

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