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President Obama: Stand with Africa; Act NOW for Climate Justice

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The impacts of climate change no longer just await us in the future; they are with us today. In the United States, we have been affected by tornadoes, severe floods, droughts, wild fires, and heat waves. The Horn of Africa is experiencing the worst drought in over 60 years.

Because of climate change, food security of millions of people across the globe will be further compromised. According to the World Food Program, by 2050, the number of people at risk of hunger as a result of climate change is expected to increase by 10 to 20%; the number of malnourished children is expected to increase by 24 million.

Join ActionAid USA in calling on President Obama to show bold leadership and address an urgent crisis--the climate crisis--that is disproportionately affecting people living in poverty--particularly people who have the least capacity to adapt to changing climates and who have done least to cause the climate crisis.


Letter to
President of the United States
The impacts of climate change no longer just await us in the future; they are with us today. In the United States, we have been affected by tornadoes, severe floods, droughts, wild fires, and heat waves. The Horn of Africa is experiencing the worst drought in over 60 years.

Because of climate change, food security of millions of people across the globe will be further compromised. According to the World Food Program, by 2050, the number of people at risk of hunger as a result of climate change is expected to increase by 10 to 20%; the number of malnourished children is expected to increase by 24 million.

We call on you to show bold leadership and address an urgent crisis--the climate crisis--that is disproportionately affecting people living in poverty--particularly people who have the least capacity to adapt to changing climates and who have done least to cause the climate crisis.

The upcoming climate summit in Durban, South Africa, in November 2011, represents a major opportunity for you to stand with the worlds’ poor and to take bold steps to address the climate crisis. We call on you to commit in Durban to:

1. Support calls to stop temperatures from rising. The US administration should work to ensure that global temperatures do not rise more than a 1.5 degree Celsius above preindustrial level - the threshold beyond which irreversible, catastrophic damages may occur. Additionally, the US should lay out a clear plan for how it will meet and exceed its current emission reduction target.

2. Announce substantial new and additional funding to help communities, including women smallholders, adapt to the changing climate and countries to reduce emissions. The United States must show its support for innovative mechanisms to generate public funding to help the world’s poor confront climate change. Possible mechanisms to generate the needed finance include the use of levies in the shipping and aviation sectors, a tax on speculative financial transactions, and use of Special Drawing Rights.

3. Deliver the funds through a democratic and equitable Green Climate Fund. The Green Climate Fund should be operationalized in a way that ensures full community and civil society participation in all layers of decision making and independence in management and government from international financial institutions such as the World Bank

Sincerely,