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I believe my generation has the unique opportunity to save the world. If no action is taken, the world will see catastrophic climate change within the next half century, the cost of which will be measured in human lives. But at this pivotal moment, we have a window of opportunity. We can create the just, sustainable and prosperous future that we seek. I am a Vassar student spending my junior year at the University of Oregon, and I am going to Copenhagen this December to do everything I can to ensure that a mutual survival pact is agreed upon, not a suicide pact.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

I'm Doing an Intervention at CMP!

BIG NEWS! That I am too tired to relay properly....

During plenary sessions, civil society has the opportunity to intervene with a short (90sec) speech.  Tomorrow at the Conference of Meeting Parties (countries who have ratified the Kyoto Protocol), I am doing an Intervention on behalf of the International Youth's Adaptation Policy Group!  I will be speaking in front of most of the world.  Incredible.  This will take place sometime between 3pm and 6pm CPH time.  We just finished drafting the speech.  Here it is:

Thank you for the floor, Mr. Chairman. 

Vulnerable people world-wide are already suffering the impacts of a warming planet: the World Health Organization estimates that climate change contributes to more than 150,000 deaths and 5 million illnesses annually. These effects will only increase in their severity and universality. In addition to ambitious and binding emissions reductions, you must commit to adequate adaptation funding for affected communities now; here, in Copenhagen.  

People around the world are already taking steps to preserve their lives and livelihoods. Farmers develop high yield grains to address food shortages,  women plant trees to mitigate drought and coastal communities organize to prepare for the next storm. I too am willing to adapt. This is my adaptation promise:   

As a youth from an Annex 1 country, I will give 25 cents a day for climate resilience. With 25 cents a day, my friends in the Maldives can retain their national sovereignty. With 25 cents a day, my sisters in Bangladesh can implement rapid response systems to save their families in flash floods. With just 25 cents a day, my peers in Nepal can develop water resource management for when their glaciers melt. 

I call on wealthy governments to give at least $100 billion dollars per year to an adaptation fund that is accessible, democratically-run and accountable to the UN treaty. These grants must be in addition to existing ODA and commensurate with the immense scale of our countries' historical contributions to this global crisis. This is not a question of aid, but of just compensation. 25 cents a day per Annex 1 citizen is all it would take. 

Moey Newbold • 845.489.2017
University of Oregon '11 • Vassar College '11

I will be in Copenhagen for the COP15 International Climate Negotiations from Dec. 2nd-20th; 
here is my contact info:
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