Stop Flying in the Face of the Poor!
Posted by terres on July 18, 2008
Following our organization’s strong condemnation of the United Nations and its Secretary General for their “addiction” to the “carbon habit,” getting endless fixes through flying tens of millions of miles each year, Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu has now taken the lead on condemning the business world’s unbridled flying habits.
Tutu condemned businesspeople who contribute to global warming by taking flights rather than using video conferencing, thereby “condemning millions of the world’s poorest people to death.”
He wants developed countries that have caused global warming to take the lead slashing emissions of climate changing greenhouse gases.
“It is the countries which are the least responsible for causing climate change that are paying the heaviest price,” he said in a video message to a meeting of the World Development Movement lobby group Thursday.
“Do not fly in the face of the poor by allowing the emissions produced by endless and unnecessary business flights to keep growing.” He said, adding that scientists predicted as many as 185 million Africans would die this century because of climate change.
Desmond Tutu (Former Anglican Archbishop of Cape Town. (Photo date: 2004)
Tutu, a Nobel Peace laureate who campaigns tirelessly for global justice and equality, said: “Climate change is for real. As I speak, famine is increasing, flooding is increasing, as is disease and insecurity globally because of water scarcity,” he said.
“As an African I urgently call on ordinary people in rich countries to act as global citizens, not as isolated consumers. We must listen to our consciences, and not to governments who speak only about economic markets.
“These markets will cease to exist if climate change is allowed to develop to climate chaos,” he added.
“In South Africa we confirmed that if we act on the side of justice we have the power to turn tides,” Tutu said.
“I urge you … to work together with campaigners in the global South and call for strong climate change laws in your own countries in the North, as well as internationally.” (Source: Reuters).