Tearfund released the following press release after the conclusion of the G20 summit on Thursday. Please continue to pray for the poorest peoples of the world who are suffering most the effects of climate and economic crises.
G20: Progress on the economy, some hope for the poor but failure on climate
2 April 2009
The G20 today made some significant progress on funding for stimulus packages, tackling tax havens and shadow banking. However the reported 1.1 trillion dollar programme of investment pledged to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) needs to be looked at closely, according to the development NGO Tearfund.
It says that much of it is not new money and that far more will be targeted at the world’s richest countries and not the poorest.
Tearfund acknowledges that on the surface there will be several billions of new money for developing countries.
'We welcome the new money in this huge fiscal package but the G20 today missed a major opportunity to ensure that all new investments constitute a genuinely Green New Deal,' says Paul Cook, Tearfund’s Advocacy Director. 'With no clear commitments to ensure that stimulus money is invested in low carbon technology the world risks a recovery which is based on business as usual. It locks us into a path which will result in runaway climate change and devastating impacts for the world’s poorest community.'
The G20 communiqué ended with a weak reference to the need for a deal at the UN Climate Change conference in Copenhagen in December. Whilst Tearfund welcome any reference to Copenhagen, the agency says G20 leaders failed to show real leadership and inject new life into UN talks by a more ambitious statement setting out the kind of deal they want to see in Copenhagen – one that 'truly drives down global carbon emissions and releases billions to help poor communities adapt to the impacts of climate change' adds Paul.
Tearfund works with communities that are frequently in the frontline of the devastating affects of climate change caused by global temperature rises. It says that there must be a definitive consensus to keep global warming below 2 degrees and that billions of dollars must be released to help the poorest countries adapt to extreme environmental conditions.