THE TEXT OF THE PRESS CONFERNECE TO DEMAND CLIMATE JUSTICE HELD ON 16th NOVEMBER, 1012 BY CIVIL SOCIETY ORGANIZATIONS IN NIGERIA
GLOBAL CALL FOR EU AND US TO TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR CLIMATE CHANGE; NIGERIAN CIVIL SOCIETY CALLS FOR IMMEDIATE ACTION ON CLIMATE CHANGE
In Lagos , today the 16th of November 2012 Nigerian Civil society organizations comprising of Centre for 21st Century Issues, Nature Cares, Society for the transformation of Women and Children, Earth communication, Campaign for Democracy and Human Rights, Child Maternal and Youth Leadership Initiative and Gender Environment and Climate Action Network (GECAN), Nigeria as part of a campaign action in countries across the world is calling on the European Union / United States to make deep cuts in their climate pollution, ahead of the annual UN Climate conference, to be held in Doha, Qatar from 26th November.
Our request comes as the latest science findings on climate change, (caused by the emission of heat-trapping gases when fuels such as fossil fuels, coal, oil and others are burnt) revealed the extent to which the Earth’s natural systems are in crisis.
“Already the world has experienced 0.8 degree Celsius of warming, and this has led to the diminishing of crop yields and astronomical rise in food process, as well as the destruction of many sources of fresh water for drinking, farming e.t.c. And of an interesting note is the recent flood that is ravaging about 19 states in Nigeria where several lives were lost, inestimable worth of properties destroyed and millions of people suddenly became “ecological refugees”.
The current projections of climate pollution, including the currently proposed ‘climate actions’ in practice, risk 6 degree Celsius of warming in just 85 year time. Such a level of warming would wipe out most of the natural lives on Earth, perhaps, the city of Lagos, Port Harcourt and other coastal cities of the world could go under water.
The climate justice forum and press conference is one of a series of events taking place globally this week as people highlights the historical responsibility of European Union and the United States for causing much above average of pollutions that led to climate change.
“The European Union put the pollution in the atmosphere which is taking more money from our pockets because of the food supply crisis. Instead of stopping the pollution they’re stopping the transformation that needs to happen, and are protecting big polluting companies that get rich by burning the planet”
The United States and its corporations owe the world a debt, they owe us for the damage they have done to the climate, to our crops, to our water, to our homes, to our way of life. They must pay back the at the United Nations talks.
From London and Brussels, to Manila, to San Salvador, to Nairobi and here in Lagos, the call is the same, we need immediate deep climate pollution cuts from the European Union / United States to start the global transformation away from a system that kills people and burns the planet.
Those countries which have caused climate change through the largest share of historical pollution need to be taking the lead now with deep cut at home and by getting technology and climate-compensation to projects like forest restoration, increasing local adaption capacities and increase use of clean energy
At the UN climate conference in Doha, the Nigerian government must hold rich industrialized countries to account, and force them to keep their promises under the international climate law to make deep cuts in climate pollution.
The UN Climate Conference in Doha, Qatar, has the responsibility for confirming rich industrialized countries’ emission cut target in the short term under the Kyoto Protocol and the UN Climate Convention, as well as beginning negotiations on a new global deal to be agreed in 2015.
Today, we demand climate justice for Women, children, youths, persons with disabilities, peasant farmers and other vulnerable groups who continue to suffer from the devastating effects of Climate change.
CLIMATE JUSTICE NOW!!!
• Centre for 21st Century Issues Nigeria- Ms Titilope Akosa
• Nature Cares- Mr. Toyin Oshaniwa
• Campaign for Democracy and Human Rights (CDHR) – Mr. Alex
• Society for the Transformation of Women and Children- Olutosin Oladosu Adebowale
• Child maternal and Youth Leadership Initiative- Olukemi Adeyoju
• Gender, Environment and Climate Action Network (GECAN) – Titilola Aisha Kazeem