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As COP27 climate conference starts in Egypt, Greenpeace calls on Spanish PM for better access to renewables 

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Madrid, 05 de noviembre de 2022. - Acción de Greenpeace ante el inicio de la COP27En el día en que comienza en Egipto la COP 27 Greenpeace pide a Pedro Sanchez que acuda con compromisos de justicia climática para financiar las pérdidas y los daños derivados del cambio climático y llevar los beneficios de las renovables a todo el mundo. Con esta acción, Greenpeace concluye el tour ?Renovables en tus manos ya. Es posible. Es el momento? que ha recorrido 6 localidades españolas para acercar a la ciudadanía diferentes opciones para ahorrar, mejorar la eficiencia y usar energías renovables. La organización ecologista exige a las administraciones que hagan su parte y aceleren una transición energética a renovables respetuosa con las personas y la biodiversidad, por y para la ciudadanía. España debe asegurar que las empresas y países que más emisiones han causado asuman su responsabilidad para financiar la adaptación al cambio climático y la cobertura de sus pérdidas y daños.rr©Greenpeace/Mario Gomezr r©Greenpeace Handout/Mario Gomez- No sales - No Archives - Editorial Use Only - Free use only for 14 days after release. Photo provided by GREENPEACE, distributed handout photo to be used only to illustrate news reporting or commentary on the facts or events depicted in this image.

ENVIRONMENTAL campaigning organisation Greenpeace staged a demonstration on Sunday in Madrid, to coincide with the start of the COP27 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Egypt. 

The message of Sunday’s protests was directed at Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez, and was a call for better access to renewable energy sources. 

Around 40 activists gathered at the Templo de Debod monument on Sunday morning, holding a massive banner that read: “Pedro, we need this today! Renewables for everyone now!” They were also carrying portable solar panels. 

The NGO chose the Templo de Debod monument in the centre of the city for the protest, given that the structure is an ancient Egyptian temple that was gifted to Spain by Egypt in 1968. Greenpeace described the temple as the “biggest symbol of Egyptian culture in Spain”.

Acción Templo De Debod Cop27 Renovables Para Todos Ya.
One of the protestors holds a solar panel at Sunday’s protest.

Greenpeace said that it was calling on the Socialist Party leader to “commit to climate justice, finance the losses and damage caused by climate change, and bring renewable energy to all”. 

The environmental organisation also said it was calling on Spain’s administrations to “do their bit and speed up the energy transition to renewables that respect people and biodiversity”. 

“We are sick of so much energy corruption and want the energy transition to speed up […],” said María Prado, campaign coordinator for Greenpeace. “Pedro Sánchez has a golden opportunity to launch a clear message that the cultural, political and economic hegemony of fossil fuels is over […],” she added.

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Simon Hunter

Simon Hunter has been living in Madrid since the year 2000 and has worked as a journalist and translator practically since he arrived. For 16 years he was at the English Edition of Spanish daily EL PAÍS, editing the site from 2014 to 2022, and is currently one of the Spain reporters at The Times. He is also a voice actor, and can be heard telling passengers to "mind the gap" on Spain's AVLO high-speed trains.

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