Blog: Moët et Chandon, but no special cause for celebration at COP 25

The high-level segment of COP 25 got under way earlier this week “with urgent reminders that the international community is running out of time to tackle the climate crisis”, according to the UNFCC’s communiqué.

This sentiment, expressed passionately by half a million people in central Madrid last Friday, appears hardly to have ruffled the business-as-usual atmosphere among climate talks pros in the official UN Blue Zone.

A heavy police presence, perhaps explains why climate protesters are thin on the ground outside the Feria de Madrid, where the COP event is taking place. Inside the conference centre, the European Union-financed Euroclima pavilion was on Monday serving Moët et Chandon to visitors. When asked, a spokeswoman assured ENDS Europe “there is no special cause for celebration”.

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