Friday, September 25, 2009
Director of the World Wildlife Fund’s Global Climate Initiative Kim Carstensen says the notion that the United States and the European Union are the world leaders in climate change is a myth. He says emerging economies like China, India, and Brazil are in many cases doing much more than the U.S. and the E.U. in terms of energy efficiency. Carstensen says everyone needs to do more in regards to finance, though, because undeveloped countries are not given enough aid for combating climate change, and they will be among those hit hardest by this problem. Carstensen says the ideas world leaders put forth during the G20 summit will give political momentum to topics discussed at the Copenhagen climate conference in December. He says the negotiators of that summit will take the ideals of their heads of state to the table to hopefully get real policy change started.