Last weekend Simon Wright MP visited the Greenhouse to take questions and hear the views of representatives from many of Norwich and Norfolk's NGO's. These included Unicef, RSPB, Friends of the Earth, Greenpeace and Stop Climate Chaos Campaigners. There were also representatives from the Norwich Labour and Green parties.
The Greenhouse provided our MP with a number of questions, which Simon Wright has answered, and can be viewed here:
Simon Wright MP Questions
If you live outside of Norwich, please do send the ‘Urgent Action Text' below to your MP and ask for their response.
The International Climate Conference has begun in Durban. Fundamental to enabling a global response to Climate Change involves the creation of a Green Climate Fund. However, we can't allow a private sector facility in the Green Climate Fund that could allow multinational corporations to directly access financing for activities in developing countries, bypassing those countries' governments.
Please send this text (or your own variation of) to your MP and ask them to provide their view. In addition please ask them to pass your concern on to Chris Huhne, UK Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, and Greg Barker, UK Minister of State for Energy and Climate Change.
The Green Climate Fund is critically needed to support developing countries in confronting the climate crisis. To do so, it must contribute to sustainable, vibrant local economies. I am therefore very concerned with the UK's strong push for establishing a private sector facility in the Green Climate Fund that could allow multinational corporations to directly access financing for activities in developing countries, bypassing those countries' governments.
The role of the private sector in the Green Climate Fund must be decided, regulated and incentivised at the national and sub-national levels in line with countries' priorities and strong safeguards, not corporate bottom lines. We strongly object to any resources going from the Green Climate Fund directly to the private sector, particularly through the establishment of a private sector facility.
Key mitigation programs, including efforts to encourage energy access for the poor, are unlikely to be financially lucrative. Yet it is investment in these public goods and services on which the Green Climate Fund must focus if the poor in developing countries are to survive. Allowing private sector involvement will lead to the diversion of scarce climate finance resources away from investment towards people and toward subsidies for private sector profits.
Please don't turn the desperately needed Green Climate Fund into a 'Greedy Corporate Fund.'
Click here for a copy in Word
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