Tuesday, January 09, 2007

climate change kills

By midnight last night (jan 8), the average UK citizen will have emitted as much CO2 as the average person in the world's poorest countries will during the whole of 2007 (according to figures released by the World Development Movement).

The excessive carbon emissions of rich countries are driving climate change but it is poor countries will bear the brunt of the impact. Billions of people face drought, floods, starvation and disease.

For example:
One sixth of the world's population rely on water from glaciers that are disappearing.
80,000 people die every year from malnutrition due to climate change. If temperatures rise by 3 degs C, this will increase to between 1 and 3 million people a year.

We need an international strategic partnership approach to the looming environmental crisis including climate change legislation and action on aviation.

It is not rocket science (well it sort of is) but I wouldn't want to upset the Prime Minister's holiday plans!

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