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Action Alert: Call Senators for Climate Funding October 20, 2009

Posted by Morgan in climate bill, copenhagen, International Adaptation, tcktcktck.

Its been a pretty busy week for us.  Running around DC to help the Yes Men with some amazing activism, and helping to get the word out about the Survivaball.  On top of that, we’re helping to run a call-in campaign to senators for stronger international provisions in the climate bill – so that SurvivaBalls aren’t necessary.  Read on and make a phone call!

Right now, US Senators are meeting behind closed doors to negotiate the contents of America’s first serious attempt to address climate change. With critical UN climate negotiations in Copenhagen mere weeks away, the fate of a fair, ambitious, and binding global climate treaty hangs in the balance.
Two key provisions of the bill would fund developing countries’ efforts to adapt to climate change and bypass a dirty-energy economy. These efforts are crucial to the global negotiations [1] — but now they’re under fire from the fossil fuel lobby as it seeks to line its pockets with taxpayer money.

{state}’s Senator {name} is on the Senate Finance committee, which could announce its climate finance proposal any day now. Let’s flood the committee’s phone lines to demand that Congress fully fund international climate adaptation and technology transfer.

Call Senator at (202) 224-3121 now to tell them:

  1. The Senate Finance Committee must allocate 5% of the revenue from carbon trading to international adaptation — to save lives by helping poor countries cope with climate change caused by countries like the US.
  2. The Committee should also allocate 5% of the bill’s revenue to international clean tech transfer, to make a global treaty possible and avoid other countries taking the same high-pollution road we’ve been on.
  3. Funding for climate adaptation and clean tech transfer must be additional to existing aid money — not taken away from urgent priorities like fighting AIDS and providing clean water.

And then report your call by clicking here:


A recent study found that 300,000 people already die every year from climate change, and the health and livelihoods of hundreds of millions more are affected [2]. Meanwhile, over the last century, the United States has emitted more carbon than all the world’s developing countries combined [3]. Developing countries need climate funding both out of simple fairness–and in order to reach the treaty we all need.

A year ago, when Bush was still in office, we could only have dreamed of being so close to a strong global climate treaty that specific provisions of a US Senate bill would be the biggest obstacle. It took millions of calls and letters, thousands of individual meetings and one of the largest days of action the world has yet seen to get us here.

We’re not done yet, but if we can keep these negotiations on track we can start to see the outlines of history — the story we can tell our grandchildren about how we fought for, and won, a planet they can still enjoy.

With hope,

Ben, Taren, Iain, Ricken, David, Morgan, and the Avaaz US Climate Action Factory team

PS – A handful of US senators stand between the people of the world and a global climate change deal. As German chancellor Angela Merkel said recently, “Copenhagen is more likely to be decided in the US Senate” than through negotiations between the world’s biggest countries. Let’s tell our senators that, as they are writing this bill, millions of US citizens want a strong global climate deal with sufficient funding for developing countries. Call Senator {name} at {phone} now, and report your call here: http://www.avaaz.org/en/climate_finance_phone_in/.

[1] Biggest Obstacle to Global Climate Deal May Be How to Pay for It – New York Times http://www.nytimes.com/2009/10/15/science/earth/15climate.html
US must help poor nations deal with climate change: experts – AFP http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5guewSeeEqkeHXpDnl8oZ3bZAP5gg

[2] Group: Climate Change Kills 300,000 A Year – Think Tank Led By Former U.N. Secretary General Also Says World Loses $125bn Annually From Global Warming: http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2009/05/29/tech/main5048937.shtmlv

[3] Contributions to Global Warming: Historic Carbon Dioxide Emissions from Fossil Fuel Combustion, 1900-1999 – World Resources Institute. http://earthtrends.wri.org/text/climate-atmosphere/map-488.html

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