Kumi Naidoo, the Executive Director of Greenpeace International, the President of the Global Campaign for Climate Action and the Global Ambassador of the Global Call to Action Against Poverty has just written to President Obama to challenge him to act decisively on the climate crisis.
Naidoo writes, "The world needs your leadership now -- and for the first time you have immense popular support, with a majority of Americans believing that climate change is a real threat."
"In 2009, you received the Nobel Prize for Peace in the run-up to the Copenhagen climate summit. There was a strong expectation that you would lead multilateral efforts to combat global warming. Everyone hoped that you would not make the same mistakes as your predecessor, George W. Bush, who ignored the CIA's and Pentagon's warning that climate change is the biggest threat to geopolitical stability, security and peace.
"In your victory speech after being re-elected to a second term, you inspired hope once again to people around the world who care about global climate disruption and want to ensure a habitable planet for future generations. "
"A stark contrast exists between what you have said and what your negotiators in Doha are doing. Your negotiators on climate change continue to undermine hope that the U.S. will be an ambitious global citizen on climate. With all due respect, Mr. President, your negotiators' view does not resonate either with the majority of the people in the world, nor with a growing number of voices of informed public opinion within the U.S. itself.
Please Mr Obama, stop the silence and lead on this issue!!!!