International Youth Stand United
Hundreds of youth lined the bustling corridors of the UN Climate Summit today, wearing orange T-Shirts, holding flags from their countries, demanding that governments adopt the strongest targets here, and now.
“The building blocks for a real deal here in Copenhagen are already on the table,” said Aishat Niyaz, a youth delegate from the Maldives, “but the powerful countries are not listening. Survival means that governments must support the most ambitious proposals being put forward by to ensure that all our futures are protected.”
“Today’s youth will live their lives with the decisions made in Copenhagen, and our governments have a moral responsibility to deliver a fair, ambitious and binding deal”, said Prisca Randriamampihavana, a 20 year old youth delegate from Madagascar.
The most ambitious targets are being proposed by countries immediately threatened by climate change and include:
- Limiting global temperature rise to no more than 1 degree C
- Reducing carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere to 350 PPM or lower
- 45% emissions reductions by 2020 from 1990 levels for developed countries
- Funding for adaptation and mitigation of 5-6% of GDP by 2020 by developed countries
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