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Catholic development agencies angry at inaction during UN climate talks

December 14, 2012

An alliance of 16 Catholic development agencies has issued a statement blasting the international community for inaction during recent climate-change talks in Doha, Qatar.

The alliance, CIDSE (Coopération Internationale pour le Développement et la Solidarité), was formed in 1967.

“The absence of new carbon cuts and petty cash for climate action at the UN climate talks leads the world towards catastrophic climate change, with no shelter for the poorest and most vulnerable people already facing its increasingly violent impacts,” CIDSE said in a statement.

“Instead of new emission targets, Doha gave us a one way ticket to a world in which climate change is beyond our control,” said Emilie Johann, CIDSE’s climate change policy officer. “Because of the inaction of our leaders, global temperatures continue to rise rapidly, beyond the +2 degrees Celsius science indicates is the threshold of catastrophic climate change.”

“Doha slaps the poorest on both cheeks,” Johann added. “On the one hand, world leaders let climate change spiral out of control, which makes it more difficult for the world's most vulnerable to cope with extreme weather. On the other, the poorest are left in the dark about the amount of money they can expect in support of urgent adaptation and mitigation measures.”

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  • Posted by: veniteadoremus1822 - Dec. 14, 2012 12:54 PM ET USA

    << “Instead of new emission targets, Doha gave us a one way ticket to a world in which climate change is beyond our control,” said Emilie Johann, CIDSE’s climate change policy officer. >> No. The last 100 million years gave you that.

  • Posted by: sparch - Dec. 14, 2012 10:28 AM ET USA

    Looking at some of the groups involved in CIDSE, it appears that these groups are more activist/socialist than actually Catholic. They use the label of "Catholic" to hide their full intentions. I wonder, has the church actually sanctioned them or did the pirate the affiliation because it would help their cause.