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Friday, 4 December 2009

Stop climate change – social justice now!‏

Looking ahead to the UN Copenhagen Climate Summit which starts next week, the European Left (EL) highlight that the ecological crisis already has a dramatic impact today which can and most probably will assume a catastrophic dimension in the near future.

The EL considers that the decision making process on environmental solutions is not only a question of technical alternatives but of political choices. A sustainable society would pass through the reinforcement of democratic procedures, by the redefinition of the role of the governments and States and Regions of the world, and through the fight for social justice.

The EL points out that cutting down military expenditure could provide a major contribution to the financing of climate change mitigation and adaptation. EU leaders have said that the developing world will need 100 billion euros a year by 2020 to help developing nations combat global warming. Direct costs of the Iraq war alone to USA have been more that 500 billion euros by the end of 2008.