Posted by: islandsfirst | July 21, 2008

Justice Turns Tides

Reuters reported on Desmond Tutu’s video message to a World Development Movement meeting last Thursday night:

Climate change is for real. As I speak, famine is increasing, flooding is increasing, as is disease and insecurity globally because of water scarcity.

As an African I urgently call on ordinary people in rich countries to act as global citizens, not as isolated consumers. We must listen to our consciences, and not to governments who speak only about economic markets. These markets will cease to exist if climate change is allowed to develop to climate chaos.

In South Africa we confirmed that if we act on the side of justice we have the power to turn tides.

I urge you … to work together with campaigners in the global South and call for strong climate change laws in your own countries in the North, as well as internationally.

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