Development Groups and Other Organizations Gather to Tackle Climate Change Impacts on Developing Countries
In the wake of the recent Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report that highlighted the serious harm that global warming poses for poor countries, organizations and speakers at the summit are pressing the
The summit is being sponsored by Friends of the Earth U.S., ActionAid International USA, Oxfam
The event can be viewed live on a streaming video weblink at www.foe.org/climatechangeconference/Live_Video.html.
Speakers at the summit include Dr. Joel Hunter, senior pastor of the Northland Church in Florida and prominent evangelical leader; John Carr, Secretary for Social Development and World Peace of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops; John Podesta, President and CEO of the Center for American Progress; Meena Raman, President of Friends of the Earth International; Saleem Huq, a co-author of the recent IPCC report; and a special taped video presentation from Archbishop Desmond Tutu of South Africa. Speakers will be available for interviews.
Quotes from sponsoring organizations
“The time has come to acknowledge that global warming is the worst case of environmental injustice ever seen on our planet. Wealthy countries and major polluters are the most responsible for climate change, so they must also take the greatest responsibility for addressing the harm inflicted on developing countries,” said Brent Blackwelder, President of Friends of the Earth U.S.
"Climate change will have devastating impacts on food producers, most of whom in
“There must be more collaboration among environmental and development agencies on strategies to adapt to and mitigate the worst impacts. ActionAid is excited to help address that need through this conference.”
"While developed countries are responsible for the bulk of historical emissions of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere, it is the world’s poorest people who will feel the worst impacts,” said Oxfam
"Given the current political and public attention on energy, we have an unprecedented opportunity to make policy changes, not just out of necessity but out of moral urgency," said John D. Podesta, President and CEO of the Center for American Progress. "How we power our economy, how we protect our climate, and how we treat the world’s poor, are all matters of social justice and the United States needs to take the lead on these important issues – we owe developing nations this much."
“Industrial countries, the biggest climate polluters, are still acting as if their energy and climate policies and their aid and development policies could be dealt with separately,” said Liane Schalatek, Associate Director of the Heinrich Böll Foundation in
"Instead of focusing on fighting energy poverty and kick-staring a clean energy revolution, we’re channeling billions of dollars in foreign assistance into the pockets of oil companies every year," said