station of the one-week long Climate Deal campaign was organized
in Szolnok by Nimfea Environmental and Nature Conservation
Association and Tisza Klub in partnership with Friends of
the Earth Hungary, joining to the Europe-wide campaign.
During the campaign all passers-by could make their deal
to the policy-makers: they could offer a small change in
their own life in exchange for a request from the decision-makers,
in order to stop climate change.
The campaign lasted from 11 to 21 September, starting
in Budapest. On the same day a national climate conference
was held in the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, organized by
the Environment Protection Committee of the Parliament, the
Environmental Science Committee of the Hungarian Academy of
Sciences, the Ministry of Environment and Water, the National
Environment Protection Council and Friends of the Earth Hungary.
“Several symptoms, such as the increasing level of carbon-dioxide
emission in the EU and in Hungary as well, extreme weather
conditions, like cataclysmic storms, droughts and floods clearly
show that policy-makers do not address climate change in an
appropriate and comprehensive way” – said István Farkas, managing
director of Friends of the Earth Hungary.
The last day of the campaign was 21 September,
and the event took place in Szolnok, a town of 55.000 inhabitants
in the Great Hungarian Plain. The huge Carbon Dinosaur was
a highlight of the day, and passers-by could formulate their
deal to the government, such as “I will use my bike more often.
In return, government should improve public transport in town”
or “I will use train instead of motorways – in return, the
government should make steps to promote railway transport
in the case of industrial and agricultural products”. During
the day citizens made 84 deals, written to large speech bubbles.
A photo was taken of each deal, and a photo album will be
compiled of the bubbles of European citizens, which will be
delivered to the UN climate conference in Nairobi, Kenya in
Friends of the Earth Hungary continued
the campaign with a Climate Bet, including a meeting with
Miklós Persányi, the environmental minister, accompanied by
students of three high schools. The students made a bet that
they will decrease their carbon-dioxide emission by 8% by
the end of the year. The minister pledged that if the students
can keep their promise, he will use public transportation
once a week instead of his car, he will turn off electronic
equipments instead of leaving them in stand-by mode, he will
drink tap water instead of soft drinks and bottled mineral
water, even in the ministry tap water will be served in jugs
instead of bottled soft drinks, and 23 cars will be sold from
the car fleet of the ministry.
Let’s wait and see if the minister will
keep his promise – the students will surely make their best!
information on the campaign is available on the website
of Friends of the Earth Europe at www.foeeurope.org
and on the website of Friends of the Earth Hungary at www.mtvsz.hu