The elders speak out on climate change -is anyone listening?

The Elders are a group of eminent global leaders brought together by Nelson Mandela. They include Kofi Annan, Gro Harlem Brundtland, Jimmy Carter, Mary Robinson and Desmond Tutu.

In an inspiring personal letter (PDF), The Elders have urged 192 world leaders to attend the Copenhagen climate talks in person and to reach a fair, ambitious, effective and binding agreement to reduce emissions and build a low-carbon, and sustainable future for us all.

Here’s an excerpt from the letter:

A few weeks ago, as you can see from photographs posted on www.theElders.org, we joined forces with thirteen of our grandchildren from Asia, Africa, Europe and the United States to remind the world of the risks of climate change to future generations. Like all young people, our grandchildren expect today’s leaders to take responsibility for delivering a low-emission, sustainable future: one that requires shared commitment, based on common but differentiated responsibilities.

The agreement reached in Copenhagen must have climate justice at its heart. It is a tragic irony that the world’s least developed countries have contributed less than 2 percent of the greenhouse gases in our atmosphere, yet are most vulnerable to climate change and least able to protect their people. We have had the opportunity to meet small farmers and indigenous leaders from the poorest countries, many of whom are women, who tell us that changing weather patterns are already putting increasing pressure on water, food and land.

The letter lays out some specific details of a legally binding agreement on climate change. Among others, these requirements include a 2 degree Celsius target as the outer limit of global temperature increase, a reduction of global greenhouse gas emissions by 50% by the year 2050, and a commitment from developed nations to cut emissions of 25-40% by 2020, and 80-95% by 2050, relative to levels in 1990.

The Elders are getting fully behind our next global day of action on the weekend of December 12, World Wants a Real Deal they will be present at a vigil in the Copenhagen conference center when we present your photos and stories from around the world. We sincerely hope the world leaders of today will heed the call of their Elders.

More information and global action updates can be found :

Climate Voice Live @ COP15

Wish you were at Copenhagen? The next best thing is just a click away. Climate Voice Live @ COP15 brings you live updates from over 350 top bloggers and leading civil society groups, with live video, stories, photos, and analysis of all the action. Whether you want a close-up view, are covering the conference, or just need to find out where all the cool events are, this is where you want to be.

The site hosts live streaming video from our partners interviews from leading campaigners, decision makers, and more. We are supporting over 200 of the top bloggers and online journalists covering climate change, to help connect them with newsmakers and NGO’s and provide an open space for them to work at the Fresh Air Center.

The Fresh Air Center is our rapid response, real-world media hub for top global bloggers and digital campaigners. Our large collaboration and community center space opens on December 10, extending a small space we have inside the Bella Center.

Google and YouTube have come onboard as sponsors of the Fresh Air Center, and are collaborating with TckTckTck on an exciting event!

YouTube, CNN and the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs are inviting citizens to submit video and text questions for world climate leaders. The top-rated questions will be posed to leaders at a live townhall event on December 15 (12:00 – 14:00 CET), which will be televised on CNN International and live-streamed on YouTube.

Visit this page to submit questions, voted on questions and watch the teaser video about the event. The project is available in 20 languages, with questions being translated by Google’s Language API, enabling citizens from all over the world to participate. Submitted questions are also cycling through a 3-storey high cube display in Copenhagen.

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