19 June 2007


In response to the call for action by by thousands of people around the world, leaders at the recent G8 meeting have agreed to commence negotiation for a new climate change treaty this year.

AVAAZ is now calling on all those concerned about this issue to maintain pressure on world leaders to ensure the treaty is effective and binding by signing an online petition.

In Australia there are signs that both major political parties are responding to community concerns about the issue, although concerns remain that words and promises will not be followed by effective action. Concerns continue that many politicians see climate change as a political issue to be managed rather than a major threat requiring urgent and major change.

A recent edition of Ozspirit emphasised the far-reaching consequences of climate change when quoting the former Secretary-General of the UN, Kofi Anan:-

"Climate change is not just an environmental issue, as too many people still believe. It is an all encompassing threat. It is a threat to health, since a warmer world is one in which infectious diseases such as malaria and yellow fever will spread further and faster. It could imperil the world's food supply, as rising temperatures and prolonged drought render fertile areas unfit for grazing or crops. It could endanger the very ground on which nearly half the worlds population live -coastal cities such as Lagos or Cape Town, which face inundation from sea levels rising as a result of inciting icecaps and glaciers."

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