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Copenhagen Conference Must Deliver Climate Justice for Food Sufficiency

22. October 2009

    Join in the fight for climate justice at the upcoming Copenhagen Conference that will be held 7-18 December 2009. 
    Climate change is taking place at a time of increasing demand for food, and this has the potential to irreversibly damage the natural resource base on which agriculture depends. The relationship between climate change and agriculture is a two-way street; agriculture contributes to climate change in several major ways and climate change in general adversely affects agriculture. Extreme climate events (floods and droughts) are increasing and expected to amplify in frequency and severity. There are likely to be significant consequences in all regions for food and forestry production and food insecurity.
    According to Suzanne Goldenberg, US environment correspondent, twenty-five million
    (http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2009/sep/30/food-crisis-malnurtrition-climate-change) more children will go hungry by the middle of this century as climate change leads to food shortages and soaring prices for staples such as rice, wheat, maize and soya beans, a report says today. If global warming goes unchecked, all regions of the world will be affected, but the most vulnerable will suffer most. It is estimated that prices rises and shortages of food will drive down the average calories available:
    • The calories available for each person in industrialized nations will fall from 3,450 in 2000 to about 3,200.
    • In developing countries overall, the average will fall from 2,696 to 2,410 calories.
    • In sub-Saharan Africa, people will on average have only 1,924 calories a day, compared with 2,316 in 2000.

    Take Action
    By joining hands with Christians around the world we can have a greater impact in order to stop the destruction of God's creation and of human livelihoods. Help make a difference by:

    i)    Signing the Copenhagen International Pledge either online or offline.
    Participate directly online and sign the pledge by going to www.countdowntocopenhagen.org or www.oikoumene.org/en/events-sections/countdown-to-climate-justice.html
    It is simple to participate in this initiative. Just click on your country to sign the Copenhagen pledge.
    You can also participate off-line by signing the Copenhagen International Post card which can be downloaded at www.e-alliance.ch/en/s/food/food-and-climate-change/ or www.countdowntocopenhagen.org/international_pledge.html
    Please note that all pledges will be handed to the leaders in Copenhagen and delivered by Desmond Tutu on 13 December. Remember the more pledges we have the more chance of winning a fair climate deal.
    ii)    Organize a Worship Service on 13 December with the ringing of bells 350 times. For more information visit www.oikoumene.org/en/events-sections/countdown-to-climate-justice/bellringing.html.
    iii)    Download the World Council of Churches campaign logo to create your own posters etc. for the event:
    o    for web use: jpg file (630 KB)
    o    for print: eps file (473 KB)
    (This logo has been contributed by the National Council of Churches in Denmark. It may be used freely by churches, parishes and related groups wishing to take part in the campaign. In no case is the logo allowed to be used for non-related events or for any commercial purposes).
    iv)    Invite other religious communities, including brothers and sisters from other faiths, to join the campaign and worship service
    v)    Please let us know of your activities by sending an email to amunzara@e-alliance.ch


The Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance is a broad international network of churches and Christian organizations cooperating in advocacy on food and HIV and AIDS. The Alliance is based in Geneva, Switzerland. For more information, see http://www.e-alliance.ch/

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