Here’s an excerpt of what Paddy has to say:
Despite being in the midst of global recession, it is essential that governments in developed nations recognise that tackling climate change is not just a moral responsibility they bear to those in the developing world but an essential part of their national interest.
Climate problems faced by some will ultimately affect us all. Lack of action now will only increase the burden we face in the future, a burden that will likely fall on today’s children in the future.
In Doha yesterday, as discussions over climate finance remained tense, the UK showed international leadership by indicating that they will commit climate finance beyond 2012.
The UK will be allocating around 1.8 billion pounds in aid money to climate finance up to 2015, and Davey reiterated the UK’s support for contributing to the $100 billion a year by 2020 commitment of new and additional funds. This is a most welcome step.
Now the UK must show international leadership to galvanize further action – encouraging others to commit funds beyond 2012, and working with them to collectively mobilise new and additional funds up to 2020 and beyond for the Green Climate Fund.
You can read Paddy’s piece in full here.
* Nick Thornsby is a day editor at Lib Dem Voice.