Press conference at the Pyramid of Hope
The day before the international climate negotiations kick off in Cancun, the global TckTckTck campaign and its partners presented UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres with a six by three metre Mayan style “Pyramid of Hope”. The monument with the message “Let’s put the Can in Cancun!” is made of crucial building blocks for a safe climate on which negotiators gathering in Cancun should agree so we can move towards a strong global climate regime.
Pyramids were built through collective will, and the “Pyramid of Hope” serves as an affirmation of this collective will, showing what we can achieve if we work together. It is a message from tens of thousands of people all around the world and represents their aspirations for concrete action and real progress in Cancun. The pyramid is covered with photographs of these people getting active in their communities to tackle climate change.
Examples of the key building blocks include a climate fund to support low-carbon development and adaptation to climate impacts in vulnerable countries, the need to close the gap between emission cuts needed and those pledged by countries so far, a shared vision that limits global warming to 1.5ºC, and a deal to protect forests as crucial carbon sinks. Christiana Figueres will make her mark and set the cornerstone, representing the spirit of solidarity and compromise needed to hold it all together.
“There is a huge global movement of people demanding a low-carbon future and sending a clear signal that politicians have a mandate to take the bold steps needed to tackle climate change,” said Paul Horsman, TckTckTck Campaign Director. “Our pyramid represents the collective will of millions of people around the world who demand action. They are rolling up their sleeves and making a difference in their lives, and they want negotiators to show the same spirit and deliver the building blocks for success.”
Photos: Ivan Castaneira/tcktcktck