This morning began with some breaking news from the stalled
negotiations to save life on planet Earth in Copenhagen: thanks to the
advocacy of climate activists like you and hundreds of thousands of
people around the world, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton
announced that the United States would join others in securing a $100
billion fund to help developing countries cope with climate change --
provided that an agreement can be reached on a “substantive political
accord” that would include transparency in tracking emissions cuts by
major developing countries.
The international unity and shared purpose in Copenhagen has inspired me profoundly. From my conversations, the marches and rallies in the streets, and the discussions and presentations at the People's Summit, I have seen that a powerful unifying theme is emerging in the climate discussion – and that is Climate Justice. The rallying cry is for, and from, the people who will most suffer from climate change -- not for business or economic safeguards, but for justice ("lesser" developed countries are not the ones primarily dumping carbon in the air, yet climate change will hit them the hardest). This is refreshingly different from what I expected in the climate discussion.