This Friday, December 3, the Energy and Climate Change Secretary Chris Huhne will be presented with a giant petition signed by his Eastleigh constituents .
The petition urges Mr Huhne to work with world governments to find the vital funds needed to help poor countries adapt to the effects of climate change.
The Oxfam shop on Eastleigh, High Street has hosted the petition for the past two weeks and shop manager Felicity Gibbins will be handing the petition to Huhne on Friday. Felicity said:
‘Climate change is already devastating people’s lives and it is affecting the world’s poorest the most. What we may see as a few extra warm days might mean months of drought and ruined harvests to another. We are thrilled that Mr Huhne was so keen to accept this petition from his constituents and hope it will serve as a reminder to him of the importance of reaching a deal on climate finance at the talks.’
The World Bank has estimated that a green fund of $100bn a year by 2020 must be delivered by rich countries, to help poor countries adapt to the effects of climate change and develop their societies in a low carbon way. The money must not be from existing aid agreements and innovative sources such as a financial transaction tax on banks and a levy on shipping are two proposals to help meet this target.