Hundreds of protesters from the environmental pressure group Greenpeace have been arrested outside a meeting of European finance ministers in Brussels. They want European governments to contribute 35 billion euros a year to help poor nations like those in Africa fight climate change. Greenpeace says instead of bailing out banks money ought to be poured into saving the planet, because, they say, time is running out.
Thomas Henningsen, Greenpeace activist said:” The world’s leading climate scientists are meeting now in Copenhagen and telling the world that climate change is coming much faster and in a much more devastating power than they have previously thought. Our finance ministers, putting money on the table to bail out banks and their managers and not for the real threats, that is climate change and deforestation.” While protesters continued their demonstration, EU finance ministers have agreed to back a call by the International Monetary Fund to double its crisis fighting funds to around 400 billion euros.