World Video | Defence | Foreign Affairs | Natural Events | Trade | NZ in World News | NZ National News Video | NZ Regional News | Search

 

President Obama Must Earn Nobel Peace Prize

President Obama Must Earn Nobel Peace Prize With Strong Climate Action In Copenhagen

Oslo, 10 December 2009 - Greenpeace today congratulated US President Barack Obama on winning the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize and urged him to use the award's prestige to help secure an ambitious, fair, and legally binding treaty at the UN Climate Summit when he travels to Copenhagen next week.

"The impact climate change will have on resource availability and human migration looms as one of the biggest threats to peace around the world. We urge President Obama to act in the spirit of this most prestigious award and move boldly to stop catastrophic climate change. He has been given this award partly for his stance on climate - but now he has to come to Copenhagen and earn it," said Kumi Naidoo, the Executive Director of Greenpeace International.

Across Oslo, from the airport to city hall and on board the Rainbow Warrior moored in the harbour, Greenpeace is sending a message to the president calling for stronger climate leadership, with banners, placards and posters saying: "YOU WON IT, NOW EARN IT".

In his acceptance speech Obama said that action to save the climate was essential to promote peace, disappointingly the President focused most of his comments on the justifications for war, only allocating one paragraph to the challenges of climate change. He closed by calling on people to "reach for the world that ought to be." Next week in Copenhagen he has a chance to realize the aspirations of these words.

To date, the US has only agreed to a provisional goal of cutting greenhouse pollution by 4 percent below 1990 levels. This offer falls dangerously short of the necessary 25-40 percent cut identified by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the body of scientists who won the Noble Prize for their work on the issue in 2007.

"We have the technology, the money, and the moral imperative to do this. All we lack is the political will. President Obama ran for office with the slogan 'Yes We Can'. We can and we must, Mr. President. Now is the time for action."

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
World Headlines

 

Climate Change: Record Northern Heat, Fuels Concerns Over US Wildfire Destruction

More than 78,000 acres of forest in the Sierra mountains in California has been lost due to wildfires. Photo: San Francisco Fire Department The northern hemisphere experienced its warmest August ever, the World Meteorological Organization ( WMO ... More>>

UN: Guterres Condemns Killing Of Journalists, Following Beheading Of Mexican Crime Reporter

© UNESCO | International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists. Following the gruesome death of a Mexican journalist specializing in crime reporting, who was found beheaded on Wednesday, UN chief António Guterres has issued a statement condemning ... More>>

UN: WHO Warns Against Potential Ebola Spread In DR Congo And Beyond

Ebola is spreading in a western province in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), raising fears that the disease could reach neighbouring Republic of Congo and even the capital, Kinshasa, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday. ... More>>

WWF: Living Planet Report Reveals Average Two-Thirds Decline In Wildlife Populations Since 1970

According to WWF’s Living Planet Report 2020 released today, global populations* of mammals, birds, amphibians, reptiles and fish have suffered an average two-thirds decline in less than half a century. The decline is due in large part to the very ... More>>