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States 'must set climate targets'

Mark Forskitt
Mr Forskitt said Jersey needs to play its part in the global community

An environment campaign group is petitioning the States to consider targets set at the United Nations Climate Change Conference.

It is being held in Copenhagen in December and Jersey cannot be represented as it is not a nation.

The Jersey Climate Action Network has launched a petition asking local politicians to consider and respond to the conference's targets.

The chairman of the network said he had collected 500 signatures so far.

The UN conference aims to come up with a climate change agreement to come into force after the first commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol expires in 2012.

We are part of a global community and we need to play our part
Mark Forskitt

The action network said although the island would not be represented at the conference it should try to meet some of the targets.

"We are a wealthy society and as goes with wealth we consume things.

"And consumption and carbon emission are closely correlated," Mark Forskitt said.

"We are part of a global community and we need to play our part."

The petition calls for the Council of Ministers to "give detailed consideration to these targets and report back to the States within six months of the closing date of the conference on how they intend to respond".



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