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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.

Friday, December 4, 2009

Incredible News! New Hope!

Obama has changed his plans!!! He has now decided to attend the last day of COP15 instead of just 'stopping through' on his way to pick up the Nobel Peace Prize on the much less crucial day of December 9th.  He decided to change his plans after learning that China and India are prepared to make commitments to reduce their emissions.

This is amazing news!!  We may have a binding treaty yet!

He also acknowledged the importance of adaptation for developing countries!!! THANK YOU FOR LISTENING, PRESIDENT OBAMA!

After organizing several campaigns to include adaptation funding for developing countries, this quote from the White House makes me so happy:
"This week, the President discussed the status of the negotiations with Prime Minister Rudd, Chancellor Merkel, President Sarkozy, and Prime Minister Brown and concluded that there appears to be an emerging consensus that a core element of the Copenhagen accord should be to mobilize $10 billion a year by 2012 to support adaptation and mitigation in developing countries, particularly the most vulnerable and least developed countries that could be destabilized by the impacts of climate change. The United States will pay its fair share of that amount and other countries will make substantial commitments as well. In Copenhagen, we also need to address the need for financing in the longer term to support adaptation and mitigation in developing countries. Providing this assistance is not only a humanitarian imperative – it’s an investment in our common security, as no climate change accord can succeed if it does not help all countries reduce their emissions."


  1. These are positive sings. Looks like we may be making a difference. Keep at it girl!

  2. So glad you are there, Moey! You don't know me but I am one of your mom's watercolor students. This meeting feels like a global "turning" - not tipping - point. Thanks for helping to push it along. Helen Seidler


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