We, the African civil society attending the UN Climate Change Conference in
The appeal, if followed, would:
* Threaten Africa with catastrophic damage by allowing warming to rise by 2 degrees C globally and therefore by around 3.5 degrees on the continent of
* Allocate to the industrialized countries including France atmospheric space worth more than 10 trillion dollars between now and 2050, denying it to developing countries, and threatening Africa's prospects of economic and social development and the alleviation of poverty; and
* Offer a mere 10 billion in financing for all developing countries in fast-start funding.
"The IPCC science is clear – 2 degrees is 3.5 degrees in
"If Prime Minister Meles wants to sell out the lives and hopes of Africans for a pittance – he is welcome to – but that is not
"Every other African country has committed to policy based on the science. That means at least 45% cuts by rich countries by 2020 and it means $400 billion fast-track finance not $10 billion" said Augustine Njamnshi of Pan-African Climate Justice Alliance.
"You cannot say you are proposing a 'solution' to climate change if your solution will see millions of Africans die and if the poor not the polluters keep paying for climate change" said Augustine Njamnshi.
We condemn the government of
We call on President Meles Zenawi to rescind the appeal or to step down as Coordinator of African Heads of State and Governments on Climate Change.
Pan-African Climate Justice Alliance