Climate Change paper: CoNGO Committee on Sustainable Development NY, United Nations
Climate Change: Summary and Recommendations to Governments[i]
CoNGO [ii] Committee on Sustainable Development (New York)
The human-caused global-warming trend of climate change is scientifically established [iii]. Human beings are not distinct from nature, but are part of nature, and are now affecting nature in an alarmingly negative way. Impacts from global warming are now being felt and will soon become far worse. All countries will be increasingly affected in a myriad of severe, adverse ways: economically, environmentally, militarily, politically, medically, and psychologically. Global stability is threatened. There is no safe haven.
Humane effective responses to global warming with an ethical and moral foundation require difficult equitable resolutions of conflicting national situations generated by different per-capita emissions (historical, current, and future), economic development, and energy requirements. Nevertheless the interests of all are intertwined. We need to become globally earth-centered, with respect for global human rights, reverence and compassion for living beings, with a light carbon footprint. We need dedicated, clear, decisive leadership and action to beneficially counter global warming by governments, NGOs [iv], corporations, and individuals. There is no alternative. Let not future generations, impacted by global warming, say of us, "They knew but did not act".
Recommendations to Governments for Action on Climate Change [v]
1. Recognize that unmitigated global warming will produce widespread conflicts over food, water and resources, with consequent population displacements and other devastating effects.
2. Adopt binding, verifiable, ambitious accords at COP15 [vi] reducing greenhouse gas emissions to achieve sustainable safe cumulative levels, incorporating equitably differentiated responsibilities for developed and developing countries, and substantial penalties for excessive emissions.
3. Adopt the risk-management mitigation and adaptation strategies in the IPCC reports, with adequate increased funding for non fossil-fuel energy (solar, wind, geothermal, fusion).
4. Adopt adequate, equitable, and binding financial and technical commitments by developed countries to developing countries for mitigation and adaptation, with effective distribution of aid, and joint cooperative responsibility. Priority goals are:
Security (peace and avoiding armed conflicts, avoiding mass migrations),
Social Justice and Environment Preservation (achieving the Millennium Development Goals with food, water, and energy security; sustainable economic development; non-intensive agriculture; education on climate change and environment to inform and change behavior; public health; mental health; support for small-scale farmers, women and children; rights of small-island and coastal peoples; sustainable forestry; conservation; humane treatment of animals, avoiding species extinction, maintaining biodiversity).
Date: 12/9/09 2:13 AM, File: CSD_CoNGO Climate Change Paper FINAL 9Dec09.doc
[ii] CoNGO is the Conference of Non-governmental Organizations in Consultative Relationship with the United Nations
[iii] Ref: IPCC 2007reports: Science (Vol. 1); Impacts, Adaptation, Vulnerability (Vol. 2); Mitigation (Vol. 3)
[iv] NGO is a non-governmental organization, or civil-society organization.
[v] Partly based on action plan in report, 60th DPI/NGO 2007 Conference on Climate Change by climatecaucus.net
[vi] COP15 is the Copenhagen Climate Conference, Dec. 2009. Accords at future conferences will also be necessary.
This is the cover letter for a recent paper "Climate Change: Summary and Recommendations to Governments" by the CoNGO Committee on Sustainable Development (New York). CoNGO is the Conference of Non-governmental Organizations in Consultative Relationship with the United Nations. The paper is attached as a pdf file.
"Environmental, social and economic development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs."
17 November 2009
Dear NGO Leader,
The CoNGO Committee for Sustainable Development is pleased to present the attached Climate Change Paper, containing recommendations to Governments on four critical issues: (1) the dangers of unmitigated climate change impacts; (2) reaching accord on climate change at COP15; (3) risk-management mitigation and adaptation strategies; and (4) assistance to developing countries. The Committee urges your NGO to encourage all nations to act clearly and decisively on these issues, as equitable, humane, ethical, and beneficial solutions are possible. Let not future generations say, of us: “They knew, but did not act”.
Please add the voice of your NGO to this message by signing on to this paper with an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Ann Braudis Co-Chair, Maryknoll Sisters of St. Dominic, Inc.
Iryna Kurowyckyj Co-Chair, International Council of Women
Lily Schwabe Secretary, Temple of Understanding
Aaron Etra Treasurer, B’nai B’rith
Jan Dash Member at Large, Unitarian Universalist UN Office
Brad Jenkins Member at Large, Rotary International
Nana-Fosu Randall Member at Large, Voices of African Mothers
Larry Roeder Member at Large, World Society for the Protection of Animals
Patricia Scharlin Member at Large, World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts