Tutu calls for unity in climate battle

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Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu speaks on climate change at the Interfaith Rally for Climate Justice on the eve of the 17th Conference of the Parties (COP17) talks in Durban.

Durban - Nobel Peace Prize laureate Desmond Tutu on Sunday branded climate change a “huge, huge enemy” that threatened the common home of humanity, imperilling rich and poor alike.

At a rally on the eve of the 12-day United Nations climate talks in Durban, Tutu said that after the battle to crush apartheid, mankind must now unite in the goal of conquering carbon.

One the great figures in the effort to end whites-only rule, the 80-year-old former archbishop thanked other countries that had backed the long campaign, especially those in Africa who had taken in refugees and the children of anti-apartheid fighters.

“Now we are facing another huge, huge enemy. And no one, no country can fight that enemy on his own... An enemy called global warming, climate change,” he said.

“We have only one home. This is the only home we have. And whether you are rich or poor, this is your only home... You are members of one family, the human race.”

He added: “You who are rich, you have to come to our side. And we will be waiting for you, on the other side.”

The rally in Durban's King's Park stadium, staged by religious groups, alternated between speeches and music, with the main theme being of “climate justice”.

But the turnout was sparse, with only a few hundred attending.

A 12-day conference of the 194-nation UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) opens in the South African port city on Monday.

Forged nearly 20 years ago, the UNFCCC process is in deep trouble, mired by bickering over how to share out the burden of cutting the greenhouse-gas emissions that cause global warming.

Poor tropical countries that are least to blame for causing the fossil-fuel emissions that cause the problem are likely to be hit hardest, according to scientists.

Likely impacts include worsening drought, floods, storms and rising sea levels, with the potential to increase the problems of hunger, homelessness and poverty. - AFP


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Get Real, wrote

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10:47am on 28 November 2011
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Tutu knows zelch about climate change. But then again he never found a left-wing cause he didn't like. When you don't preach the real gospel you have to replace with some other gospel, so I guess HE HAS DECIDED TO PREACH THE GREEN GOSPEL TODAY. FYI to all the climate-cons out there sea level has been receding for 10 years now, ice is recovering in the arctic, and atmospheric temperatures (the most accurate and meaningful) have dropped .37 C, and CO2 has been rising, but the climate cartel isn't about to let a little thing the facts get in the way. As for extreme related weather events, every single one that the climate czars use to "prove" their point when checked with climate history over the last 150 years, it has always been worse in the past. Hurricanes are at an all time low--they said they would be more frequent and more intense. Snow they said would become a thing a past except at high altitudes, since then the northern hemisphere has record level snows over the past 4 years. The "experts" simply don't know what they talking about. When they get the 5 day forecast right then they come and talk to me.

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Marcus, wrote

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10:34am on 28 November 2011
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While I fully support being more aware of our effect on climate change etc, I fail to become excited when someone such as Desmond Tutu calls on everyone for action. Mr Tutu, while a respected person for obvious reasons, is often used as a spokesman to rally support for various causes etc. For the decade of action for road safety, he also urged everyone to 'commit to action' but since then I have seen heard nothing of his efforts to assist in bringing down our country's horrendous death toll (14 000 annually), or heard any criticism of our transport minister, Mr Ndebele (who also loves to 'urge all South Africans' to work together but does little else?). Mr Tutu, I do respect you, but do not expect me to get all excited when you stand on a stage with a microphone. I will do my part quietly on my own, maybe you could be a bit more vocal to our so-called leaders who either do nothing or are focused on dragging our country down with their new bills laws etc. I would have expected to hear more from you lately with all the political nonsense going on in our country....

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GanGreen, wrote

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10:31am on 28 November 2011
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The recently released Climategate 2.0 e-mails were released last week and they show more collusion of climatologists to hide data, promote politics over science, and admit the weakness of their own data and how to manipulate it to get the desired results. So now the UN is going to try and make trillion dollar decisions based on cooked and fudged science. There is more here than meets the eye. COP17 is nothing but one huge Climate-Con Fest with SA playing ring master to the climate clowns.

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louis, wrote

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07:41am on 28 November 2011
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knowing human nature (which is a misnomer) we will all wait until ground zero. we are too selfish and only a strong Dictatorship bent on redress will have a chance to do something positive. But dont worry we might perish but the planet will survive it has done for billion of years. If the so called "human" race wants to go the Dynosaurs way so be it . RIP

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Steve, wrote

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07:47am on 28 November 2011
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lets go over some facts! 1 - CO2 is what plants absorb to grow... and the more CO2 in the atmosphere, the faster plants, including food, GROW 2 - CO2 was 300% higher, 1000's of years ago, the polars bears didnt die and the ice didnt melt 3 - CO2 makes up 0.035% of the atmosphere, i.e 350 parts PER MILLION; of that, only 5-7% is from human beings; the VAST majority is from the oceans, volcanoes etc 4 - CO2 is a fundamental building block of life on this planet 5 - nuclear waste, sulphur dioxide, pollution are REAL green issues, CO2 is a complete non-issue 6 - 31000 SCIENTISTS (not hollywood stars and politicians), have signed a petition, denoucing the idea of man-made CO2 global warming, google 'the oregon petition' 7 - the met-office of the UK, announced that 2010 was the COLDEST year in 30 years in the UK; the same very cold winters happened in the rest of europe and the USA; WHY? the sun 8 - the SUN is by far the main driver of climate; if the sun has MORE sun spots, i.e. more activity, it emits more energy and the earth gets warmer; less sun spots, and the earth gets cooler. This is a natural process that has happened for 1000's of years. An example of this: 400 years, it was so warm, grapes grew in south Scotland, but hundreds of years before that, it was so cold, the river thames froze solid! the climate always changes, and the politicians want to tax every element of industrialized life; get informed

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eish, wrote

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06:33am on 28 November 2011
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Too many government officials are lining their pockects with our fuel taxes.... Government is committed to change. As usual they expect us, cash cows, to pay for the exorbitant 40% import duties, plus VAT etc ... on electric cars, solar pannels , wind generators. I rather pollute the air than go hungry.

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Jenny, wrote

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04:03am on 28 November 2011
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We all need to wake up and start working together to tackle the green issues at hand. And we need to pressure our governments to pass legislation to force industries to change their ways. We cannot risk our tomorrow by resting on our laurels today.

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