Campaign targets action at COP 17 in Durban
By Summit Voice
SUMMIT COUNTY — A new initiative launched in Germany this week aims to harness the power of social media, and Facebook in particular, to show world leaders that citizens of the world want action, and not just words, on climate change.
The Climate Vote Project website went live Aug. 15, steering people toward a Facebook page, where organizers are hoping get 10 million “Likes” by the time government ministers assemble in Durban, South Africa in late November for the COP 17 UN climate conference.
The goal of the conference is to set the course for the conclusion of a legally binding climate protection treaty to take effect in 2012 when the Kyoto Protocol expires. The U.S. and Chinese governments are key targets for the organizers.
“Climate change is continuing immediately and rapidly. Despite various efforts on the part of industrial nations, world-wide CO2 emissions have not decreased; on the contrary. In 2010, worldwide CO2 emissions hit a new record. That is why we are demanding that governments, especially the leading industrial countries, conclude and implement, as quickly as possible, more substantial and advanced measures towards CO2 reduction”, said Sven Lilienström, spokesperson for the Climate Vote Project.
The organization says that, to limit global warming to less than 2 degrees Celsius, industrialized nations must commit themselves to far more drastic reductions in emissions than in the first Kyoto period. And this time, the new agreement must include the United States of America, which signed the first Kyoto Protocol but did not ratify it.
Finally, to encourage India and China to take part with appropriate targets for Kyoto Phase Two, developed countries need to achieve demonstrable progress in the absolute reduction of their greenhouse gas emissions.
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