Tom Harris Executive Director of the International Climate Science Coalition has just published an excellent letter in the St Louis Post dispatch. St Louis Post Dispatch. Letter by tom Harris (ICSC)
The Rev Dr Gerald Durley is certainly right to alert us to "our moral obligation to act and urge action on climate for those communities hit hardest by its impacts"("we must speak with one voice about climate change" July 31). Across the world people are suffering due to the effects of dangerous climate change. Yet aid agencies are unable to secure sufficient funds to help them because, of the $1 billion spent globally every day on climate finance, only 6 percent of it goes to helping vulnerable people adapt to climate change today. The rest is spent trying to stop climate phenomena that might happen in the distant future. This is immoral, effectively valuing the lives of people yet to be born more than those in need today.
By promoting the scientifically unfounded belief that we can control the climate of Earth merely by regulating our carbon dioxide emissions, environmental groups are unwittingly encouraging the continuation of this scandal, one of the greatest ethical tragedies of our time. I hope Rev Durley can speak out about this ongoing injustice.
Tom Harris Ottawa, Ontario
Executive Director, International Climate Science Coalition(ICSC)
PO Box 23013