Christian Aid alarmed at Euro finance let-down on climate change

By staff writers
October 21, 2009

Christian Aid says it is alarmed that the European finance ministers’ meeting in Luxembourg to discuss climate finance has broken up without agreement.

Eliot Whittington, the senior climate justice adviser for the UK-based international development NGO, declared: "Money is crucial. If the European Union can’t agree a finance package, then they condemn the Copenhagen conference to failure. They need to offer at least 35 billion euros a year as their fair share of a global deal."

He continued: "There is only one week of formal negotiations left before Copenhagen. Brinksmanship of this nature is a betrayal of millions of poor people in developing countries who are already suffering the severe effects of climate change."

Christian Aid works in some of the world's poorest communities in nearly 50 countries. It emphasises that it acts "where the need is greatest, regardless of religion, helping people build the life they deserve."

The agency has put pressure on the British government to play a positive role in climate negotiations and to take the lead wherever possible.

Climate change is already depriving poor people in many developing countries of their livelihoods, says the charity.

Christian Aid is a member of the Stop Climate Chaos Coalition - the UK's largest group of people dedicated to action on the issue.

The coalition is 11 million strong and claims to be "the committed supporters, campaigners, hearts, minds and voices of more than 100 organisations."

Together with faith-based development agencies in a number of other European countries, Christian Aid has joined a new climate justice campaign called Countdown to Copenhagen.

You can also buy Christian Aid gifts and support present aid online.

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