On the eve of the Labour Party Conference,
Stop Climate Chaos, the coalition behind the I Count campaign, last Friday received a letter from Gordon Brown, in which the Prime Minister insisted that global climate change can be limited to 2 deg C.
In the letter Mr Brown said “all developed countries” would have to commit to emissions reductions in order to take on the problem.
photo credit: Will Rose
"Climate change poses the most urgent challenge to humankind,” wrote the PM. “A challenge that threatens not only the environment, but international peace, security, prosperity and development."
Speaking in response to the letter, Ashok Sinha, Director of I Count (pictured with Mr Brown), said: “We welcome the Prime Minister’s aim to achieve a climate change agreement that will limit global warming to the widely-accepted danger threshold of 2 deg C. Especially important is his commitment to achieving such a deal via the UN.
“We also welcome Mr Brown’s commitment to enacting a Climate Change Bill - the first statutory framework for lowering national emissions anywhere in the world. However, we call on him to raise the target in the bill from a 60% reduction in CO2 emissions by 2050 to at least 80% (and to include aviation and shipping), so as to fully meet the UK’s moral obligation to play its fair share in the international effort to keep global warming under 2C,” added Dr Sinha.
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published: 11:50 - Tuesday 25th September 2007