UK CLIMATE FAILURE IS ‘WORSENING POVERTY’ - MEP
LUCAS BLAMES BLAIR AND BROWN FOR DEVELOPING WORLD POVERTY
Event: Green MEP addresses public meeting on poverty and the
Place: United Church, Jewry Street, Winchester
Time: TOMORROW: Thursday, June 8th, 7.30 pm
HAMPSHIRE Euro-MP Caroline Lucas will tell a public meeting in Winchester
tomorrow (June 8th) that political failure on the environment here in the UK
is worsening poverty in the developing world.
“Our own government’s failure to tackle climate change is worsening poverty
in the developing world,” Dr Lucas, South-East England’s Green Party MEP and
member of the European parliament’s International Trade Committee, will say.
Dr Lucas will make her comments at a meeting of the Winchester Branch of the
World Development Movement (WDM) focusing on the relationship between
poverty in the developing world and the west’s environmental policies.
“There is a clear link between climate change and poverty and the decisions
we make in the UK have global, sometimes devastating consequences,” she will
“Every time the Government misses a target or approves another runway the
effects of climate change are felt harder in the developing world.
“Many African rural communities, for example, are entirely dependant on
rainfall for survival – rainfall which is decreasing as the climate changes.
The very same communities supposed to benefit from the G8 ‘debt concessions’
made last year are losing their livelihoods to climate change.”
Dennis Cooke, the coordinator for the Winchester WDM, said: “Climate change
is already a major cause of poverty in the developing world and the
situation will get worse unless the West changes its policies”.
Dr Lucas added: “Our only hope of preventing an unprecedented global
disaster is if we massively cut the greenhouse gas emissions that are
fuelling climate change. Doing so in a way which recognises the problem has
been largely caused by the developed world means the UK will have to cut its
emissions by 80-90 per cent over the next few decades.
“Blair and Brown have failed to grasp the nettle: the UK’s CO2 emissions
keep rising and the UN warns the spread of deserts in Africa is driving
poverty and creating thousands of environmental refugees.”