Dozens of young people from various countries held yellow balloons with mobile phone flashlights aimed at the ends of the balloons. In front of the line was a black board with LED lights that formed capital letters, spelling the phrase "END THE FOSSIL ERA".
The demonstration occurred in the courtyard between two buildings which were used as an important meeting and negotiation venue for the 28th Conference of the Parties or COP28, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Monday (11/12/2023) evening. At that location, three other actions also took place with the same message, namely demanding an immediate end to fossil energy.
This is the first time that simultaneous actions at this location have occurred during the two weeks of events under the banner of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Further escalation of action is predicted to occur if the COP28 Presidency does not emphasize the end of fossil energy quickly on the grounds of keeping the Earth's temperature below 1.5 degrees Celsius.
This is a summary. Read the full article in Bahasa Indonesia on Kompas.
This story was produced as part of the 2023 Climate Change Media Partnership, a journalism fellowship organized by Internews' Earth Journalism Network and the Stanley Center for Peace and Security. It was first published in Bahasa Indonesia by Kompas on December 12, 2023 and has been translated to English and lightly edited for length and clarity.
Banner image: An action against fossil fuels at COP28 / Credit: Erika Kurnia.