Support Actions Against Climate Change: Take Action
In 2012 the Kyoto Protocol to prevent climate changes and global warming expires. To keep the process on the line there is an urgent need for a new climate protocol. At the conference in Copenhagen 2009 the parties of the UNFCCC meet for the last time on government level before the climate agreement need to be renewed.
Jim Jarvie, Mercy Corps' expert on climate change tells you how you can take action.
"What should we do? As dull as it sounds, we need to get onto our political representatives and ask them to take this seriously. They are working for you and, together, you leave the legacy for the world future generations are born into. There is a danger in the democratic world, where 24-hour news cycles and four to six year election cycles hold sway, that the impetus for the politicians, the only people with the power to mandate change, will dwindle. Hold them to their jobs representing your interests. Make it clear climate change matters for your vote, their mandates and terms in office.
Follow those organizations — like Mercy Corps and our partner agencies around the world — that are sending representatives to Copenhagen to keep pressure on the policy makers to address climate change and its impact on the worlds’ poorest and most vulnerable communities.
We will be there representing the work we do around the world in some of the planet’s most difficult places. We want to find more ways to utilize carbon funds to help the poor switch to cleaner and better energy, especially those who will not see an electricity pylon for decades to come. We want to help the many millions in massive coastal slums prepare for rising seas and more flooding on top of the miserable conditions they already face. We want to prepare countries facing food insecurity and the risk of famine in readiness for increasingly erratic weather and access to irrigation water affecting the harvests sustaining life and civilizations across the globe.
We'd like you to join us in saving not only our planet, but its people. Ask President Obama to protect the world's poorest from climate change."
Al Gore's An Inconvenient Truth
BBC News-Global Climate Change
Pew Center on Global Climate Change Fact Sheet
The Human Toll of Climate Change
The World's Top Emitters