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Ethical Aspects of a Climate Treaty UN Sunday

Ethical Aspects of a Climate Treaty UN Sunday

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Ethical Aspects of a Climate Treaty
UN Sunday October 24, 2010A climate treaty is directly related to UU principles: peace, justice, and environmentalstewardship for 
theinterdependent web of all existence of which we are a part 
. Thehuman-caused global-warming trend of climate change is scientifically established
.Human beings are not
distinct 
from nature, but are part
of 
nature, and are now
affecting 
nature in an alarmingly negative way. Impacts from global warming are now being feltand will soon become far worse. All countries will be increasingly affected in a myriad of severe, adverse ways: economically, environmentally, militarily, politically, medically,and psychologically. Global stability is threatened. There is no safe haven.Humane effective responses to global warming with an ethical and moral foundationrequire difficult equitable resolutions of conflicting national situations generated bydifferent per-capita emissions (historical, current, and future), economic development,and energy requirements. Nevertheless the interests of all are intertwined. We need to become globally
earth-centered 
, with respect for global human rights, reverence andcompassion for living beings, with a light carbon footprint. We need dedicated, clear,decisive leadership and action to beneficially counter global warming by governments, NGOs
, corporations, and individuals. There is no alternative. Let not future generations,impacted by global warming, say of us,
"They knew but did not act".
The 2009 Copenhagen Climate Conference sponsored by theUNFCCC resulted in the Copenhagen Accord”. Most countries including the major emitters have now specified  voluntary goals for reduction of greenhouse gas emissions by 2020. However thesereductions are not judged sufficient to be on track for the stated goal in the CopenhagenAccord for limiting the global average temperature increase to 2
°
C. Moreover, theCopenhagen Accord reductions are not binding. An agreement incorporating moresubstantial reductions in a fair, ambitious, and binding (
FAB
) climate treaty is needed to protect future generations from massive impacts of global warming / climate change thatwill otherwise occur with high probability. Acting for the benefit of risk management of climate in the future is
generational equity
. In addition,
climate justice
requires theadoption of adequate, equitable, and binding financial and technical commitments bydeveloped countries to developing countries for mitigation and adaptation.UN Sundaycan help UUs
act
to assist the process to help implement a FAB climatetreaty. This year 2010 is critical. Legislative / regulatory actions are needed in the US as a prerequisite to achieve a climate treaty. UUs can lobby for aSenate climate bill and support theEPA. UUs can lobby US climate negotiators for a FAB treaty at theUNFCCC Climate Conference inMexico in December 2010. UUs can make a difference!
Timestamp: 3/25/10 1:12 PM

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