Commenting on the formation of a United Nations High Level Advisory Group on Climate Change Financing, which British Prime Minister Gordon Brown will co-chair with Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi, Asad Rehman, Senior International Climate Campaigner at Friends of the Earth, said:God help us. At least Brown has got a job lined up for after the Election.
"$10 billion a year might sound like a wave of new money for poor countries to tackle climate change, but in reality it's a drop in the ocean compared to what is required.
"What's worse is that most of this money from rich countries will be plundered from existing aid budgets - what is really needed is new public money to ensure developing countries can grow cleanly and adapt to the impacts of climate change which are already putting the livelihoods, homes and families of their people at risk.
"Gordon Brown has a chance for genuine leadership this year in pushing the international community to adopt a tax on financial transactions, which would provide billions of dollars of new money to governments to tackle climate change head on - now is the time for him to grasp it."
Monday, 15 February 2010
Thought things couldn't get any worse? Gordon Brown to co-chair climate change funding panel
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