Fill the fund: Send your climate messages to the UN

11 March, 2011 | GROW

Help us ask the International Maritime Organisation to take bold action on climate change. Tweet your message to the IMO using #FilltheFund or post your comments below, and we’ll give the best messages to delegates meeting in March. 

Cancun saw the successful establishment of a global Climate Fund, one of our core campaigns asks last year. But we still need to make sure that the Fund is filled with cash so that it can provide life-saving support to help the world's poorest people fight the effects of climate change.

The International Maritime Organisation (the UN body that regulates international shipping) is meeting in London in March and offers a great opportunity to agree sources to help fill the Fund. They will be looking at proposals to reduce emissions from shipping, including schemes that could generate substantial finance (for example from a tax on shipping). It is estimated schemes to reduce emissions from international transport could generate at least US$12 billion a year, which could be used to help fill the Climate Fund, without raising taxes in developed countries or diverting money from aid budgets.

When the IMO last discussed reducing emissions from shipping in September 2010 they decided it was so important that they’re dedicating a whole four day meeting this March to look at the issue, so this is an unprecedented opportunity to make real progress.

We want to make sure the delegates understand what an important role they can play in both reducing emissions and on agreeing this crucial source of finance that could support those most affected by climate change.

Send a message to the IMO

We want the delegates to know that people around the world are watching and care what happens inside the meeting. Send us your message to the IMO and we’ll select the best ones and hand them over to delegates in the form of origami boats!

To send us your message either tweet it, including the hashtag #FillTheFund or post your message to the IMO in the comments section of this blog (below).

Be there on the day

On the first day of the meeting, we’re going to be talking to delegates entering the meeting and explaining how they can be part of the solution.

If you would like to join us please contact Lucy on or 01865 473446 - You’ll need to be free on the morning of Monday 28th March (approx 7.30- 10.30am, to be confirmed nearer the time) and a full briefing will be provided.

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fill the fund!

what a great opportunity to reduce emissions and raise climate cash to #fillthefund - hope the IMO 'captain'alises on this great opportunity!

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It is getting late

Lets wake up. Otherwise, we are going to be late. It is getting late, in fact


14 years is enough, time to act!

Fill the fund

Choose alternative or renewable energy by cutting CO2 emissions and by ending your use of fossil fuels for international shipping. And support climate funds!

- B. Santos
@arbitraryword on Twitter

Thanks for all the comments!

Keep 'em coming! And please ask your friends to tweet @UN to #FilltheFund!


The science is clear, as is the imperative to act. Great people lead on matters as important as this. I am sure the IMO will add 'leader' to their 'ships', making clear just how great they are.

A science-driven not idelogically-induced DMT MODEL

We are routinely presented with plenty of factoids, figures and statistics. Where is the scientifically-driven evidence regarding the population dynamics and unbridled, skyrocketing growth of the human species on Earth?

As humanity’s most luminous beacon of truth, science provides us with a last best hope for the survival of life as we know it on Earth. We must make certain that scientific evidence is never downplayed, distorted and denied by religious dogma, politics or ideological idiocy.

Let us not fail for another year to acknowledge extant research of human population dynamics. The willful refusal of many too many experts to assume their responsibilities to science and perform their duties to humanity could be one of the most colossal mistakes in human history. Such woefully inadequate behavior, as is evident in an incredible conspiracy of silence among experts, will soon enough be replaced with truthful expressions by those in possession of clear vision, adequate foresight, intellectual honesty and moral courage.

Hopefully leading thinkers and researchers will not continue supressing scientific evidence of human population dynamics and instead heed the words of Nobel Laureate Sir John Sulston regarding the emerging and converging, human-driven global challenges that loom ominously before humankind in our time, “we’ve got to make sure that population is recognized…. as a multiplier of many others. We’ve got to make sure that population really does peak out when we hope it will.”

Sir John goes on, “what we want to do is to see the issue of population in the open, dispassionately discussed…. and then we’ll see where it goes.”

In what is admittedly a feeble effort to help John Sulston fulfill his charge to examine all available scientific evidence regarding human population dynamics, please give careful consideration to the following presentation and then take time to rigorously scrutinize the not yet overthrown science from Russell Hopfenberg and David Pimentel regarding human population dynamics and human overpopulation. The science is clear.

Please accept this invitation to discern the best available science of human population dynamics and human overpopulation; discover the facts; deliberate; draw logical conclusions; and disseminate the knowledge widely.

Thank you.
Steven Earl Salmony
AWAREness Campaign on The Human Population,
established 2001
Chapel Hill, NC


Ships Ahoy- take action

Shipping is warming the earth- but action is possible- reduced emissions from international transport and  low carbon incentives could generate at least US$12 billion a year, which could be used to help fill the Climate Fund

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The Sahara and the Middle East will become unbearably hot if action is not taken to reduce emissions from international shipping and airlines.  Low carbon aeroplanes and ships are needed and low carbon incentives would generate funds to tackle the effects of climate change.

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 The International Maritime Organisation is meeting in London in March and offers a enormous occasion to concur sources to help fill the finance. The blog is certainly another tool for writers out there to break their way in. But being a blogger does not make you a great writer.

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Unless UN goes out of its way

  • Unless UN goes out of its way and comes out bold on this issue, no country will act out of its own. Its an issue that never a single country would ever find motivation to resolve for the reasons quite obvious to every country and therefore an international body like UN should stop being a toothless tiger and act decisively. Get all the countries to sign KYOTO protocol agreement and press them to abide by the commitments. We know 2012 is going to be a year of natural disasters and if recent floods, epidemics, tornados and Japan earthquake are anything to go by, I fear 2012 may be the worst culmination of climate change.
  • If china,japan, usa don’t slash industrial emissions by 15% in the next few decades, according to estimates, sea water will engulfs the entire earth  and then we will be left repenting only.
  • Lower riparian countries like Bangladesh, Sri Lanks and others are going to bear the brunt of rising sea level. Glaciers are melting, Arctic Ocean unfreezing, deforestation flourishing, no wonder future presents a dismal picture for the world population.  UN should act now before there is nothing left to act on.
  • People look upon UN today, hoping that it realizes the magnitude of the problem and this is the best time that UN can prove what it essentially means----preserving the world from decay. Famine stricken people from Somalia, Yemen, Nigeria  call for actions ; they want from us actions against unrestrained spread of co2, actions against those whose unfettered use of resources have led the world to the brink of collapse.  We want a world free from the overhang of nuclear threat; we want UN to force countries to sign CNTBT (comprehensive nuclear test ban treaty); we want an altogether end to hot nuclear tests that have taken the earth temperature to dangerous levels. We want to see the world a heaven of peace and UN have to make this a glaring reality.

John Ricky   

A path to sustainability.......

Petition Presentation, Town of Chapel Hill, NC, November 21, 2011.

Opening remarks…….

In Chapel Hill and around the world, it is all the same: many too many people can be found in too many places destroying the natural world for personal economic gain. Many human-induced pressures on Earth’s finite resources and its frangible ecology, that directly result from the unbridled global growth of overconsumption, overproduction and overpopulation activities by the human species, put demands on the natural world that can overwhelm any efforts to achieve a sustainable future for children, not only in Chapel Hill but elsewhere on the surface of our planetary home. If we are to halt the reckless destruction of Earth as a viable resource base as well as the irreversible degradation of an already polluted environment and a warming climate, we must accept limits to growth.

We must start somewhere soon to chart a sustainable course. Endless economic and population growth appear to be unsustainable. Let us consider now and here ways we can humanely, fairly, equitably and realistically define limits to economic and population growth in Chapel Hill, while there is still time to do so. Once the comfortable and friendly size of Chapel Hill is lost due to economic and population growth pressures, Chapel Hill’s quality of life and special characteristics will be impossible to regain.

Perhaps we can “think globally” about the predicament seven billion human beings present to the viability of Earth as a fit place for human habitation. Then we choose to"act locally" in ways that move us in the direction of a sustainable future for children everywhere and for life as we know it. Thank you.


A Petition to Define Limits to Economic and Population Growth in the Town of Chapel Hill, NC

Whereas the Town of Chapel Hill appears to be outgrowing the comfortable and friendly size that has made it a wonderful place to live, raise children, work and retire; and
Whereas increasing traffic congestion, crime and other social ills are presenting worrisome trends that result from human population growth which will eventually degrade Chapel Hill’s eco-friendly environs, deplete its limited natural resources and conceivably ruin what makes our town beautiful and special; and
Whereas the Town of Chapel Hill has established limits and the Great State of North Carolina has boundary lines that separate it from adjacent states; and
Whereas the USA has borders that confirm the limits of authorized human activity under its regulations and laws as well as distinguish itself as a separate nation; and
Whereas Earth is round, bounded and finite with frangible environs not flat, unbounded and unperturbed by human production, consumption and population activities of the human species worldwide; and
Whereas there are well-known biological and physical “rules of the house” in our planetary home that are categorically different from the manmade laws which regulate day to day production, consumption and population activities of human species, but are no less important to citizens of Chapel Hill, the State of NC and the USA as well as to the global citizenry of the human family, precisely because the biophysical reality of God’s Creation places immutable limits on the unbridled global growth of human overproduction, overconsumption and overpopulation activities; and
Whereas a billion human beings were added to family of humanity worldwide in the last dozen years (1999 to 2011); and
Whereas in the month of October 2011 the seven billionth human being joined the human community; and
Whereas there are more human beings in November 2011 existing on resources valued at less than two dollars per day globally than were alive on Earth in the year of my birth (2.3+ billion in March 1945); and
Whereas we have heard many times, understood well enough, and can reasonably be expected to at least consider acting in a morally responsible way upon a shibboleth of humanity that goes like this, “Think globally, act locally,”

Now, Therefore, It appears appropriate to Propose and Present this brief Summary of a Program for Action.

As a part of the town-wide envisioning process to consciously and deliberately manage economic and population growth in the Town of Chapel Hill between now and 2020, leaders, planners and stakeholders will assure that the maintenance of the unique character and the quality of life in Chapel Hill, as we enjoy it now, is protected and preserved for the children and future generations. To accomplish this goal, various scenarios or different elements of a single scenario will be developed with the hope that the following steps will be examined for their efficacy.

Because overpopulation is ultimately a local issue, set an optimum/maximum population size for the Town of Chapel Hill in 2020. This goal can be fulfilled by adopting growth-management policies related to limits on the number of new residential dwelling units and to additional eco-friendly curbs on commercial developments per year between now and 2020. Zoning regulations can be promulgated to further restrict the size of residential, commercial and industrial buildings within the town limits. The reality-oriented adoption of “soft caps” on economic and population growth will make it possible for the Town of Chapel Hill to sensibly acknowledge and adequately address the considerable and potentially unsustainable growth pressures that are readily visible on our watch.

Steven Earl Salmony