07 Sep 2009
In a recent keynote speech, the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, called COP 15 – the UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen – ‘a once-in-a-generation opportunity.’
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The Heat is On Landmark Climate Summit Draws Near
In a recent keynote speech, the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, called COP 15 — the UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen — ‘a once-in-a-generation opportunity.’ Referring to the need to create an international agreement to reduce carbon emissions, he then urged governments to ‘seal the deal in the name of humankind.’
Public support is strong. A recent global survey found that 73 per cent of people want their governments to put climate change at the top of their agenda — and although political will is questionable, there is some promise. This summer the UK Government published their Low Carbon Transition Plan, looking at energy, green jobs and transport in the context of meeting an emissions reduction target of 34 per cent on 1990 levels by 2020.
This is currently the most ambitious short-term target of any country. Despite the shortfalls, which he identified, Rob Hopkins, founder of the Transition Town movement, praised the document as: ‘the boldest national vision for a low carbon society yet seen.’
Meanwhile, Zero Carbon Britain is to be presented at Copenhagen. The report details how the UK can maintain high levels of well-being, while eliminating emissions from fossil fuels in just 20 years and breaking its dependence on imported energy, creating a new and clean energy economy. It has been produced by the Centre for Alternative Technology and is based upon years of their pioneering work.
Further recommendations will come from those for whom climate change will affect the most — young people. During COP15, world leaders will be presented with a report from the Children’s Climate Forum, which takes place from November 28th and involves delegations of 14–17 year olds from 42 countries.
Referring to the need for governments to tackle climate change, the Millennium Project’s 2009 State of the Future report recently affirmed: “This is not only important for the environment; it is also a strategy that will increase the likelihood of international peace.”
Contact: UN Climate Change Conference 2009,
Host Country Secretariat,
Prins Jorgens Gard 11,
1218 Copenhagen K, Denmark.
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