Prime Minister Morawiecki blocked the EU climate agreement which is why Greenpeace decided to make a huge statement for the whole of Poland to hear. They seem to have succeeded. The fact that the state of Poland’s polluted environment is not only bad on a national scale but a world one, it is tragic that the government does not want to help.

The blocking of the climate agreement by Poland, which is aimed at reducing CO2 emissions by 2050 will possibly haunt her for years. All the more so because in Poland, and more precisely in Bełchatów, there is the largest CO2 emitter in Europe and at the same time the largest coal-fired power plant in the world. It was here that the activists of Greenpeace decided to display on Friday and Saturday a light display of Prime Minister Morawiecki with the words “Shame” underneath. 

“We were very firmly defending our interests,” Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki told reporters after the summit talks. “Poland is one of those countries that must first have a very detailed compensation package. We must know how much we can get for modernization.”

Public opinion polls though show great public support for Poland’s departure from coal. This support is systematically growing – from 69 percent in November last year to 76 percent today. 

It seems to us that Merkel and Macron failed to convince Poland and bring others on board. With people on the streets demanding action and warnings from scientists that the window to respond is closing fast, governments had a chance to lead from the front and put Europe on a rapid path to full decarbonization. They blew it!

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