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Morocco: Greenpeace action against fossil fuels

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<p>A few hundred young Moroccans gathered in Casablanca on Sunday in response to a call by <span class="caps">NGO</span> Greenpeace, for an action against fossil energies.</p> <p>The demonstrators, gathered in an open space in front of the Hassan II Mosque, formed a human mural in the shape of a sun as part of an initiative called “Break Free – Go Solar”.</p> <p>“We are in Morocco to send a message to the world, to the world leaders that we no longer have time: we must move towards renewable energies as soon as possible,” said Greenpeace regional coordinator Julien Jrisseti.</p> <p>He added that “Morocco is proof that every country can start a renewable energy transition as soon as possible”. </p> <p>“Morocco is a country leader in solar energy … and wants to acquire a development in clean energy”, which must serve as an example elsewhere, said Wahid Hajar, a young Moroccan activist and student specializing in ecology.</p> <p>The organizers said the choice of Morocco was due to its strong strategy in favour of renewable energies, adding that Casablanca, the economic capital, also has a “very polluted” city.</p> <p>Turn out for the protest however fell short of expectations as many failed to show up. Organizers said they invited between 1,000 and 2,000 people.</p> <p><strong><span class="caps">AFP</span></strong></p>
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