KABUL (BNA) Climate activists on Monday blocked entry to the International Monetary Fund’s Paris office with some gluing their hands to its doors, demanding developing countries’ debt be scrapped to help tackle climate change.
According to Guardian: The Paris protest is part of a “Debt for climate” global campaign calling on wealthy-nation leaders attending the G7 summit in Germany to cancel the debts of poorer and less industrialized countries, known as the global south.
While low-emitting countries in the global south contribute the least to climate change, they tend to be the hardest hit by the consequences, experts say.
Several activists from Extinction Rebellion, Youth for Climate, and 350.org glued their hands to glass doors at the building’s entrance, while others sat in front with their arms linked together inside tubes to make it harder to move them.
“The debt crisis is first and foremost the result of an unjust financial system dominated by the richest countries,” activist groups Extinction Rebellion, Attack-France, and Youth for Climate France, who organized the Paris action, said in a statement.
“The G7, the IMF, and the World Bank have historical responsibilities in the development of this vicious circle of debt (and) over-exploitation of resources”, they added.
Environmental activists have organized a string of protests in recent weeks to refocus attention on climate change, as the energy crisis and war in Ukraine dominate the news agenda.
“Group 7 is in charge and the International Monetary Fund is guilty, let’s cancel the loan of a habitable planet,” he wrote on the protest banner.
“The rally was part of a global campaign called the Climate Loan, which was launched on the occasion of the G7 summit in Germany,” Le Figaro wrote.