Greens welcome UN leader's climate change fund pledge

By staff writers
20 Nov 2011

The Green Party in England and Wales says the world needs to wake up to the reality of climate change and make firm commitments at the upcoming Durban summit.

Along with other environmentalists and activists, the party has welcomed the lead taken by the United Nations Secretary General this week.

Speaking in Dhaka, ahead of the resumption of annual climate treaty talks at the end of the month, UN leader Ban Ki-moon called on world leaders to create a multi-billion dollar fund to ensure vulnerable nations are protected against increasing climate change devastation.

He said that Governments must lead the way to catalyse the $100 billion dollar per annum pledged to 2020. "The fund needs to be launched in Durban. An empty shell is not sufficient," the UN leader declared.

James Abbott, the Green Party's Science and Technology spokesperson, commented "Many of the most vulnerable countries such as Bangladesh, Maldives, Costa Rica and Samoa have made commitments to become carbon neutral. We must not let these countries down and we must not use the global economic crisis as an excuse not to create the fund. It is essential that poorer countries have the funds to be able to adapt to global warming."

Abbott continued: "Most poorer countries have not even reached the levels of CO2 emissions that climate scientists say is causing climate change. Yet it is these nations that will bear the major brunt of increased global warming by exacerbating flooding and other extreme weather conditions. Experts say a one metre rise in sea levels would flood more than 15 per cent of Bangladesh and create millions of climate refugees."

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