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ARROYO TOLD Ask Obama to fund climate change fight

Posted on: July 30, 2009

ARROYO TOLD
Ask Obama to fund climate change fight

By Anna Valmero
INQUIRER.net First Posted 18:11:00 07/30/2009 Filed Under: Climate Change, Global Warming, Foreign affairs & international relations, Environmental pollution

MANILA, Philippines—President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo should urge US President Barrack Obama and other world leaders to provide $140 billion in funding to help developing nations contend with climate change, the environmental activist group Greenpeace said Thursday.

“We are urging Arroyo to urge Obama to start making available this funding so other first world countries can follow suit and we could be able to come up with the $140 billion funding before the Copenhagen convention in December,” said Greenpeace Climate and Energy Campaigner Amalie Obusan.

Arroyo was set Thursday to hold talks with Obama at the White House, with security issues and climate change on the agenda.

Obusan said at least $40 billion funding for forest protection in Indonesia is needed to win the global battle against climate change, a key priority for the Obama administration as the deadline approaches for a new global treaty.

Obusan also pressed Arroyo to seek Obama’s commitment to “take responsibility” for the United States’ huge carbon dioxide emissions, one of the main causes of global warming.

Greenhouse emissions from electricity generation in the United States stand at 2,433 million tons per year or an annual emission rate of 2.4 million tons of carbon for every gigawatt of electrical generating
capacity, said Obusan, citing statistics from the United Nations.

The Bush administration did not sign the 1997 Kyoto Protocol although 183 countries have ratified the treaty to reduce carbon emissions.

If climate change remains unabated, Obusan said, it could cause extreme weather events and unprecedented rise of sea levels that would make land masses sink as depicted in the documentary “Inconvenient Truth” by former US vice president and environmental activist Al Gore.

“Arroyo must call on President Obama to personally attend the United Nations Climate Summit in Copenhagen this December to support a binding global deal that offers sustainable solutions for climate
change,” said Obusan.

About 80 percent of Southeast Asian populations live along coastlines that are vulnerable to impacts of rising sea levels and the archipelagic Philippines is said to be the “most vulnerable” nation.

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1 Response to "ARROYO TOLD Ask Obama to fund climate change fight"

So much needs to be done if we really want to act against climate change. We have a good track record for raising funds. We have actually managed to raise billions by various government and privates sources – which is pretty cool if you think about it.

However, what about the deployment of funds and the effectiveness???

Issues like carbon consumption, clean energy, and renewable energy all demand consideration immediately. Stakes are high. If we fail on these issues, we die.

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