Abigail Borah a member of SustainUS, a US based environmental youth activist group was ejected from the COP17 climate talks today. She interrupted a plenary meeting just before lead US negotiator Todd Stern was about to speak. As soon as she had finished her speech she was met with applause by the other delegates and escorted away by COP17 security.
This was her speech:
“I am speaking on behalf of the United States of America because my negotiators cannot. The obstructionist Congress has shackled justice and delayed ambition for far too long. I am scared for my future. 2020 is too late to wait. We need an urgent path to a fair ambitious and legally binding treaty.
You must take responsibility to act now, or you will threaten the lives of youth and the world’s most vulnerable.
You must set aside partisan politics and let science dictate decisions. You must pledge ambitious targets to lower emissions not expectations. Citizens across the world are being held hostage by stillborn negotiations.
We need leaders who will commit to real change, not empty rhetoric. Keep your promises. Keep our hope alive. 2020 is too late to wait.”
– Abigail Borah, December 8th 2011