Tearfund urges Obama on towards Copenhagen summit

By staff writers
April 30, 2009

The UK evangelical Christian development charity, Tearfund, is urging US President Barack Obama to build on the success of his first 100 days in office by turning his attention with renewed vigour to the forthcoming Copenhagen summit on climate change .

"From bailing out banks to financial stimulus, Mr Obama has been a busy man," noted Paul Cook, director of advocacy for Tearfund, in a letter to The Independent newspaper yesterday.

"But it is his re-engagement with climate change for which we congratulate him," he added.

Mr Cook wrote: "There have been significant announcements on climate change, sending a clear signal to the world that the inaction of the Bush era is behind us, but there is still a long way to go."

He explained: "There are now just 221 days until the UN talks in Copenhagen, when a new deal on climate change must be agreed. Leadership must be shown by developed countries on tougher targets on emissions and finance for developing countries. This will be the true test of his commitment.

"The new president made reference to those listening "huddled around radios in the forgotten corners of the world" on his election night, it's vital Obama's team remembers it is these families that are bearing the brunt of climate change," the charity's representative declared.

Tearfund is a Christian relief and development agency, building a global network of churches to help eradicate poverty.

Its ten-year vision is "to see 50 million people released from material and spiritual poverty through a worldwide network of 100,000 local churches. We connect people to this global network of local churches to transform lives."

Tearfund: http://www.tearfund.org/

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