World Future Council: G8 Fail to Live Up to Their Responsibilities

Declaration on Climate Change too Weak: World Leaders Merely Pass the Buck to the Next Climate Conference

Hamburg June 7, 2007: The G8 Declaration on Climate Change shows a lack of political will. “Despite the acute danger that climate change represents, those countries most responsible are still not able to agree on an immediate binding resolution to reduce dangerous carbon emissions, but rather they simply pass the buck on to the next Conference on Climate Change in Bali later this year,” said Jakob von Uexküll, founder of the World Future Council.

“The concessions by the USA to adhere to an international agreement on climate change after 2012 and to merely ‘consider reducing emissions by 50% by 2050’, show shocking irresponsibility towards the interests and rights of this and future generations. We need effective long-term action now,” emphasized von Uexküll. The USA alone is responsible for almost one-third of all CO2 emissions.

The World Future Council appeals to the G8 and German Chancellor Angela Merkel to continue to press for immediate binding resolutions on Climate Change.

This includes:

  1. The implementation of the Feed-In Tariff system in grid connected countries. This simple, low-cost mechanism has turned several European countries into world leaders in the renewable sector
  2. Facilitating renewable energy access in non-grid connected areas by international agreements on sharing best available technologies
  3. Setting binding carbon reduction targets. A legally binding cap on greenhouse gas emissions creates confidence in carbon markets and keeps the price of carbon high, which in turn encourages the development of clean technologies.

Addressing Climate Change is no longer just an environmental issue. It touches every area of our lives: peace, security, human rights, poverty, hunger, health, mass migration and economics.

If we do not succeed in limiting climate chaos, our earth will no longer be habitable for most of its inhabitants. We all know what needs to be done. We have the skills and resources to avert the worst effects of climate change. We cannot waste anymore time in not increasing the use of renewable energy.

The challenge of climate change will only be overcome by global sharing of access to vital resources and technologies, ensuring clean energy, water, nutrition and education for all.

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