I have also been campaigning up a storm over at the Melton Sustainable Living Group Inc website, with a post titled, "An Eye on Climate Change". It also has a link to the Oxfam Australia site who are running a campaign before the Climate Change negotiations due in December at Copenhagen. I urge you to sign the petition and send yet another message to our elected officials who one day may listen to the will of the people. The more we send, the more they may understand that we are definately concerned about the number one issue that faces the human race. Here is a copy of my edited form letter that I sent her.
Dear Senator, the Hon Penny Wong,Modify it on the Oxfam site as you see fit. I did!
I want Australia to take a lead in the international negotiations for a fair global agreement to tackle climate change. I am aware that our Pacific neighbours are already dealing with the impacts of climate change, and so is our own country over the last few years. Today's dust storm across the eastern states is a fine example of the consequences of our inactions so far.
I read the blog reports from the UN climate E-monitors project and believe that Australia could be taking much stronger action to help the people of the Pacific.
I was disappointed to see that the Call to Action issued at the close of the recent Pacific Islands Forum failed to endorse emission reduction targets consistent with what the science tells us: that rich countries must reduce carbon emissions by 40% by 2020 if we are to avert catastrophic climate change.
Climate change is already having an impact on Pacific people through storm surges, more frequent cyclones, coastal erosion and loss of clean water and farmland.
I urge the Australian Government to advocate at the United Nations climate talks for a collective emissions reduction target for rich countries of at least 40% by 2020. Without that scale of commitment, many Pacific communities will face extreme impacts and dislocation.
Given developing countries will also need to reduce their emissions and adapt to climate change, I also urge the Australian Government to support actions within the UN process for wealthy countries to fund the adaptation and emission reduction costs of developing countries, including our Pacific neighbours. In particular I call on the Government to make an immediate public commitment to contributing Australia's fair share of the $180 billion dollars that will be needed from wealthy countries around the world annually to help fund emissions reductions and climate change adaptation in developing countries.
Finally, I ask that the Australian Government take action to help communities in the Pacific displaced by the impacts of climate change to relocate, to ease their anxiety about the future of their children, their livelihoods, and their cultural identity.
I look forward to seeing Australia play a positive leadership role in the UN climate negotiations at the G20 this week, and in Copenhagen in December 2009.
Enjoy the other posts, and keep up the pressure on your elected officials wherever you may be on this big blue marble of a planet!