An open letter to climate negotiators

Food & climate change article written on the 29 Nov 2010

Photo: Oxfam

Oxfam Global Ambassadors, Scarlett Johansson, Gael García Bernal and Bill Nighy are among eight major artists and celebrities from across the globe who have joined Oxfam to call on international negotiators to protect the world’s poor from climate catastrophe at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Cancun, Mexico starting today which the Australian government are attending.

The open letter to climate negotiators calls on negotiators to put people at the heart of their discussions in Cancun to ensure a safer future for future generations.

The letter describes the opportunity negotiators have to break through the current stalemate by setting up a new global climate fund that is fare and safe and enables vulnerable people, especially women, in poor countries to build resilience to the growing threats of a changing climate. Progress on climate funding will also help restore trust between poor and rich countries, opening new doors for more constructive dialogue.

To the negotiators, it states: “We know that the destructive impacts of climate change will mean more misery and pain for the world’s poor, and increasing instability and insecurity around the world unless action is taken. As you prepare for a new round of talks in Cancun, it is abundantly clear that you must do better. And fast.”