March 9th, Brussels - As pivotal debate about Europe's future energy policy took place at the EU Spring Council today, Friends of the Earth constructed a 12m-high bright blue and yellow flag right outside the meeting, demanding that governments stop climate change, cut energy waste and choose renewables. The flag followed the design of the famous EU flag, but contained symbols for sustainable energy choices in the golden stars and was formed by hundreds of people from across Europe, dressed in blue on a giant frame. 
Jan Kowalzig, climate campaigner at Friends of the Earth Europe said:
"People across Europe are deeply concerned about climate change, and are fed up with governments protecting the dirty coal and nuclear industries. Grassroots support for a fundamental shift in energy policy towards renewable energy and energy savings was today thrust right under the noses of the most powerful politicians in Europe."
Participants in the action came from fifteen European countries. A sea of banners at the base of the giant flag displayed the slogan "Stop Climate Change. Cut Energy Waste. Choose Renewables," in multiple languages.
Individual stars in the installation - each 2m-high - were annotated with signatures, collected out on the streets across Europe in the last few weeks. Thousands of people have endorsed renewable energy and energy efficiency, calling for a shift away from energy based on dirty fossil fuels and dangerous nuclear power. 
Friends of the Earth also reiterated that the target adopted by the EU today for reducing domestic greenhouse gas emissions should be at least 30% by 2020 compared to 1990 levels. Governments will today adopt only a 20% unilateral target, despite recommending that 30% is the level of reduction necessary to avoid catastrophic climate change.
 The action took place in Brussels this morning.
 A recent Eurobarometer poll also confirms that almost 90% of the EU population is concerned about climate change; 82% are well aware that the way their country consumes and produces energy has a negative impact on the climate and 61% think that the share of nuclear energy should be decreased due to concerns such as nuclear waste and the danger of accidents.
 For a detailed briefing about the EU energy Action Plan and Friends of the Earth's specific demands, see file: EU Council media brief (March07), Climate Energy Factsheets