Across the world, whether in Durban, South Africa or Biloxi, Mississippi USA, communities of color and communities living in poverty are disproportionately impacted by sea level rise, extreme weather events, and decreases in food production that result from climate change.
Droughts across East Africa — the worst droughts in over 60 years — have pushed parts of Kenya, Ethiopia and Somaliland to near the point of collapse, threatening the lives and livelihoods of more than 10 million people. In the US Southeast, nearly 350 people died in unprecedented tornadoes, with hundreds more affected by floods along the Mississippi River, and droughts in the South of the US.
In November 2011 (November 28 — December 9), world leaders will meet in Durban, South Africa for a major summit on climate change (the 17th Conference of Parties, or COP 17). The Durban summit presents a new opportunity to make progress towards addressing the climate crisis.
COP 17 takes place on the continent of Africa, one of the regions in the world most heavily impacted by climate change. When policy makers meet on African soil, they must stand with communities in Africa and elsewhere who are disproportionately impacted by climate change.
In advance of the Durban summit, the Stand with Africa campaign is calling on the United States — the single largest contributor to the climate crisis — to lay out a clear plan for how it will meet and exceed its current emission reduction target; commit to at least one new and innovative approach to generate public finance to help countries confront climate change; and to support a transparent, accountable, and environmentally sound Green Climate Fund that ensures the meaningful participation of affected communities and civil society.
Partners (we will be regularly updating this list): ActionAid USA, Africa Faith and Justice Network, Americans for Informed Democracy, Columban Center for Advocacy and Outreach,Environmental Justice and Climate Change Initiative (EJCC), Foreign Policy in Focus,Friends of the Earth USA, Greenpeace USA, Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns,NAACP, Oxfam America, the Sustainable Energy and Economy Network at the Institute for Policy Studies, WWF.
Key Dates to Remember:
November 14th- Two weeks before the Durban summit starts, the campaign will hold a call-in day to the office of Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner. We will be calling on Mr. Geithner to support new public finance to help countries adapt to climate impacts.
November 28-December 7th- United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Conference of the Parties 17 (COP17) held in Durban, South Africa.
December 3-5 Thousand Durbans for Climate Justice- Even if you are not in Durban you can still play a role in impacting the negotiations. Join thousands of people from around the world in the Thousand Durbans Days of Action. To learn more or to plan an action in your town please visit: http://ggjalliance.org/node/883
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