Wednesday, December 1, 2021

Breaking News: Workers in Poland Protest Coal Use

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WARSAW, Poland – Trade unionists from the Polish energy sector protested in front of the European Union office in Warsaw, claiming that EU action to counter the use of coal is driving energy prices soaring.

About 200 power plant and coal mine workers from all over Poland blew horns and waved union flags as they chanted. The protest motto was “YES for Poland’s energy sovereignty. NO high prices for energy and heat ”.

Trade union leaders say EU energy policy will harm Poland’s economy. The coal industry is a major employer in Poland, which obtains more than half of its electricity from black and brown coal.

The State Energy Policy Plan calls for an increase in the use of nuclear energy once the infrastructure is in place.

Like other EU member states, Poland has pledged to ditch coal and develop wind, solar and other renewable energy sources. At the UN Climate Summit in Glasgow this week, the government said it would not be able to shut down all coal-fired power plants until 2049, a goal that disappointed activists.

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GLASGOW, Scotland – British actor Idris Elba unveiled his star at the UN climate talks in Glasgow to highlight the importance of helping small farmers fight global warming.

Elba and his wife, model Sabrina Doure Elba, took to the stage on Saturday in support of the United Nations International Fund for Agricultural Development.

Elba said he wanted to highlight the dangers of disrupting global food chains, as smallholders in particular are suffering from the effects of climate change. He said that 80% of the food consumed worldwide comes from smallholder farmers.

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“This food talk is something that needs to be really amplified, and one thing I have is a big mouth,” Elba said.

In the same panel, 24-year-old Ugandan climate activist Vanessa Nakate said global warming is already causing hunger for millions of people around the world, including in her own country.

Shifting from a meat-based diet to a plant-based diet could help cut millions of tons of greenhouse gas emissions each year, freeing up more land currently used for animal feed, she said.

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GLASGOW, Scotland – Police helicopters flew over Glasgow early Saturday as authorities prepared for a second day of protests by climate activists demanding faster action to curb global warming.

Despite light rain and strong winds, tens of thousands of people were expected to join the rally in the Scottish city where UN climate talks are taking place this year.

At the conference venue, negotiators gathered on the seventh day of negotiations to finalize draft agreements that could be submitted to ministers for political approval next week.

Among the issues discussed in the talks by nearly 200 countries are a new commitment to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius, urging countries to revisit their efforts more often, and financial support for poor countries.

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