Fwd: Climate funds for climate victims, not polluters
From: Scott Jackson (sjackzen46gmail.com)
Date: Mon, 19 May 2014 13:25:47 -0700 (PDT)
Double your petitioning fun with this petition from Karen Orenstein of
Friends of the Earth.

Scott Jackson
sjackzen46 [at] gmail.com

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From: Karen Orenstein, Friends of the Earth <foe [at] foe.org>
Date: Mon, May 19, 2014 at 3:19 PM
Subject: Climate funds for climate victims, not polluters
To: sjackzen46 [at] gmail.com

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*Dear Scott,*

Climate change is real, and it’s happening now. The impacts are already
being felt by millions of people and communities around the world -- but
the burden weighs most heavily on the poor and marginalized in developing

That’s why 195 countries came together to create the Green Climate Fund
under the United Nations Climate Convention: to help the poor in developing
countries cope with the devastating impacts of climate change.

*But the Green Climate Fund is under threat. Help us ensure that the GCF
money actually goes to help the poor, not to line the pockets of polluters.

The GCF was established in part to help developing countries transition
from ‘business as usual’ polluting energy sources to clean energy. But
dirty energy interests are trying to capture GCF funds for themselves. They
want the GCF to fund false solutions like “clean” coal, natural gas
fracking, destructive dams or even nuclear power.

*Please stand with us and send a message to the Treasury Department telling
it to keep the Green Climate Fund clean.

Common sense says that financing harmful energy, such as fossil fuels,
through the Green Climate Fund is unacceptable. It’s fundamentally at odds
with the mandate of the Green Climate Fund, and it’s totally inconsistent
with what climate scientists say we need to do if we’re to avoid runaway
climate change.

As our partners in Africa explained:

*The development model pushing large-scale infrastructure and power
projects rarely, if ever, alleviates poverty. Instead, such projects
exacerbate inequality and conflict, devastate the environment, and
frequently involve human rights violations (i.e. the well-documented
“resource curse”). **These projects do not help us at home, but rather are
for export and to line the pockets of multinational corporations and local

We can’t let this happen to the Green Climate Fund.

*Contact the Treasury Department now to ensure that the GCF clearly
excludes dirty and destructive energy projects.

*In solidarity, Karen Orenstein, Senior international policy analyst,
Friends of the Earth*
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