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How far would you walk to take a stand? Would you walk 370 miles to make a statement? I ask not to make you feel guilty, but to inspire you really...
Regardless of how any climate deal coming out of Copenhagen in December is packaged, Oxfam remains committed to trying our best to push for binding emissions reduction targets for rich countries and a substantial ongoing financial package to help poor countries reduce their emissions and adapt to a changing climate.
World leaders now have a real opportunity to agree on a path top a safer future by arriving at a global agreement to take major steps to reduce emissions. Leaders can also commit to help poor countries, which have contributed the least to climate change, to adapt and to develop in a sustainable way. Examples of how developing countries are already working to adapt include:
- building flood defenses;
- growing drought-tolerant crop varieties;
- upgrading hurricane early warning systems and community awareness.
Poor nations will also be expecting significantly improved offers on climate finance and emissions reductions. As we saw last week, the Group of 77 developing countries and China have called for rich countries to cut emissions by 40 percent on 1990 levels by 2020 and to provide around 1 percent of their GDP per year (about $400bn) to help poor countries adapt to a changing climate and cut emissions.
While it is unclear whether Obama feels the climate 'twitterstorm' trying to get him to go to Copenhagen, he seems at least to understand the importance of the US contributing to moving the talks forward.
Oxfam will be pushing for an ambitious, fair, and binding climate deal right through the COP15 talks.
And if you're still not sure about what you can do to, then at least take inspiration from my amazing colleague Pushpanath Krishnamurthy, a.k.a. Push, a longtime campaigner for Oxfam. Follow him as he walks from Oxford to Copenhagen, on behalf of all of us who can't be there in person! Go Push Go!
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