Help Developing Countries Avoid Catastrophic Climate Change

Target: Antonio Guterres, Secretary General, United Nations

Goal: Increase assistance to developing countries which are most vulnerable to the effects of climate change.

Climate change most threatens developing nations which have contributed a tiny fraction of global greenhouse gas emissions. The industrialized world was fueled by decades of reliance on fossil fuels, but has not yet committed the necessary resources to assist vulnerable countries prepare for future climate impacts.

Poor nations are projected to suffer through increased sea level rise, drought, unpredictable rainfall, and extreme temperatures in coming years. A study found that 87 percent of developing countries were at a heightened risk of climate change impacts relative to wealthy nations. This includes pacific islands such as Kiribati, which is home to over 100,000 people, and may soon cease to exist due to sea level rise.

90 companies headquartered primarily in the United States, Europe and Saudi Arabia are responsible for 63 percent of total global emissions since 1751. This illustrates the overwhelming historical culpability for climate change at the feet of industrialized nations. The Paris Climate Agreement attempted to recognize this burden by using contributions from wealthy member countries to fund climate mitigation and renewable energy projects in vulnerable nations. However, two of the world’s three largest emitters, China and India, have not contributed to the fund and President Trump has canceled a $3 billion commitment from the United States.

Those nations most responsible for climate change should be compelled to assist citizens of countries most at-risk from its effects. Please sign the below petition calling on the United Nations to increase pressure on wealthy member countries to contribute an equitable, per citizen amount in support of climate mitigation in developing nations.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Secretary General Guterres,

I am writing to urge that you advocate for increased support for the Green Climate Fund from wealthy member countries. The industrialized world is responsible for over 60 percent of total global emissions produced since 1751. This fact carries with it an enormous responsibility to support vulnerable countries most at risk from the effects of climate change.

The world’s three largest emitters, China, India and the United States have either withheld or canceled their contributions to the fund. You have an opportunity to demonstrate your commitment to the developing world by demanding that these countries make a reasonable contribution relative to their GDP and population.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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3 Comments

  1. Not sure why the author of this petition feels developing countries are at higher risk of damage due to climate change….have you BEEN to Miami, or anywhere in S. Florida lately???

  2. Climate Change are you kidding me they pollute there own environment how are you ever going to get them to stop what they are doing to themselves.

  3. Gen Lovyet Agustsson says:

    abolish garbage and have clean planet right now!

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