(VIDEO) Bill Clinton: My Message on Earth Day

Bill Clinton sent the following message to supporters about the importance of stopping climate change as part of the fight to end global poverty.
Video and full statement after the jump.

The Humanitarian Precautionary Principle, Part 2

Am asking people I respect a tremendous amount to weigh in on some of the more contentious humanitarian issues, everything from the costs and benefits of advocacy to the question of neutrality and legitimacy.

Michael Keizer

The Maunday Thursday Letters

The letters sent by Gordon Brown to the leaders of the Crown Dependencies and the Overseas Territories are of such significance that they appear to need a name of their own. Given the day on which they were sent the title ‘The Maunday Thursday letters’ seems appropriate.

That to Jersey, of which identical copies were sent to Guernsey and the Isle of Man is here.

Richard Murphy

The End of Ideology: G20 from Washington to London to New York

Imagine the world powers declaring the ‘Washington Consensus’ dead while at the same time mightily empowering a key institution involved in the Economic Consensus mantra (which ruled since the early 1990s) — namely the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

Daniel Kaufmann

Road to Copenhagen: Blogging from Bonn

In 2002, I stood on the banks of the Yellow River in China holding an undernourished, scrawny animal that had just been passed to me by an aging goat herder. The herder told me how the river, proudly known as the ‘Mother of China’ by locals, had in recent years dried up to become little more than a trickle. For the farmers and labourers in this part of China, a changing climate is a terrible reality destroying their livelihoods, and lives. As I left to return to Kaifeng, the city in which I was living, he said something which has stayed with me ever since. ‘They listen to you he said,’ talking about the people who have caused this mess and the leaders who can help to solve it and who have the money to help farmers like him to adapt. ‘Please make them listen, please do something.’

Fast forward seven years and I sit in a five star hotel in Bonn, Germany, surrounded by thousands of well-off, well-educated representatives of governments, business and civil society. In December these same people, along with Heads of State will meet in Copnehagen by which time they have committed that an agreement will be made to tackle the worst consequences of climate change. Yet, the gap between these meetings and the reality of the problem is appalling. Government after Government prefers to play a game of brinkmanship waiting for someone else to blink first. There is no leadership, no bravery, noone willing to jump first in the hope that others will follow. Earlier this week in London, there was a similar lack of leadership as the G20 summit passed with barely a recognition of the climate crisis. T

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