[social_buttons] World Wildlife Fund International has an interactive online game up called Face the G8 and it asks the questions “What would you do if you were a member of the G8? Would you choose the right policies that lead us to an environmentally sustainable future, or make the same old empty promises and continue with ‘business as usual’?”
Leaders of the wealthiest industrialized countries on our planet are gathering in L’Aquila, Italy for G8 this week to commit to keeping the global average temperature rise well below 2 degrees Celsius in order to prevent climate change from threatening the future of our planet.
G8 will call for global leadership and a firm commitment on the part of the wealthy world to take responsibility and end rising temperatures and the major devastations of climate change.
“The countries gathering in L’Aquila have the biggest responsibility to show leadership on climate. Without their action we cannot expect the rest of the world to move…It is very simple. A clear commitment to a 2 degree Celsius danger threshold on paper is an absolute must for G8 countries,” Kim Carstensen, the leader of WWF’s Global Climate Initiative tells us.
WWF shares some of the issues on the table including:
- long term goals of reducing global emissions by 80 per cent in 2050.
- the absolute fact that G8 leaders positively must agree to major emissions reductions for 2020.
- a firm statement by the G8 that will send a “powerful signal to the developing world and make it easier for the poorer countries to slash emissions.”
Alongside G8 the Major Economies Forum will meet. The MEF was started by the Obama administration this past Spring and is composed of the 17 Major Economies which account for about 80 percent of the world’s emissions. WWF explains:
“MEF should move the debate forward on technology by mobilizing resources for Technology Action Programs, which should focus on technologies of interest to developing countries, such as concentrated solar power, smart electricity grids, energy efficient buildings, systems for monitoring deforestation, and early-warning weather stations.”
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