The Link between Climate Change and Poverty

The continuing yearly meetings of the Conference of the Parties will re-convene this fall in Lima, Peru.  This Conference must show progress towards effective targets for GHG reduction and support for the Green Climate Fund.

This Fund is intended to assist those countries who do not have the resources or technological skills to institute measures to combat global warming.  4RG has consistently called for this assistance, as an aspect of a moral responsibility to less fortunate peoples. As we said in a previous blog:

The reasons for and the need for a Green Climate Fund should never be in doubt.   Pope Benedict and other world religious leaders have been clear on the moral justification for such a fund. The Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams in a shared a video of support, said, “It’s no time for despair – but it’s certainly no time for complacency either. The moral crisis is as real as ever. And we need as never before real moral leadership from the international community. We need to know that governments will fulfill the pledges that have been given by the richer countries, to provide $100bn by 2020.”

There are other ways to assist developing countries in this combat.  Climate Action Network (CAN) follows the deliberations of a UN-sponsored NGO, the Open Working Group on Sustainable Solutions (OWG), which is currently working on the formulation of goals. CAN has pointed out that the link between climate change and poverty must be addressed in recommendations from this NGO.

Several countries are opposed to including climate change issues in these recommendations.  We can’t identify this countries but we have our suspicions.

So we have joined forces with many other organizations, both in Canada and abroad, to insist on the identification of climate change as a big factor in endemic poverty. Extracts from the submission letter to Co-chairs and members of the Open Working Group (OWG) on Sustained Development Goals (SDGs) follow

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Anti-Global Warming US Senator

Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) puts “the case” against global warming in easy-to-understand terms.

First, according to Senator McConnell: “For everybody who thinks it’s warming, I can find somebody who thinks it isn’t.”

The Senator is a Kentuckian.  Kentucky is old king coal country where they remove mountain tops to get at the coal. Finding somebody in Kentucky who disbelieves global warming shouldn’t be hard.

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Grandchildren! Grandchildren! Grandchildren!

Why is 4RG so at odds with the practical judgments of the worldly-wise?  Certainly emotion is part of any  explanation.  We have seen our children develop, and they have blessed our senior years with children of their own – our grandchildren!   We are attached to these citizens of a future beyond our life span …

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A small beginning and a big example!

CAROLA VYHNAK. Anthony and Mary Ketchum’ built a half-buried hillside home that relies on solar energy. It reflects their passion for leaving a greener footprint for the sake of their grandchildren’s future. ___________________________________________________________________ We owe a lot to Mary and Anthony Ketchum, the couple who with other grandparents were the inspiration of 4RG (For Our …

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Peterborough Rally you won’t want to miss!

For Our Grandchildren (4RG) in Peterborough is organizing a Climate Change Rally on Sunday, September 22, from 11 AM to 12 NOON at Millenium Park to kick off the Purple Onion Festival.  Wear purple for a photograph at noon to set the Guinness book of records for people wearing purple. Read more about the Rally event …

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