"Scarlett Johansson Calls for Climate Progress"
Okay, she hasn’t phoned me. Or read this blog, I imagine.
But Google Alert catches all stories using the phrase “Climate Progress,” and this one has popped up in my inbox a half a dozen times, reprinted everywhere from www.realbollywood.com to ABCNews.in (the source of the photo) to The Politico.
Here’s the Politico’s version, which includes an “Open Letter to Climate Negotiators” from the actress (and others, like Ian McEwan, author of Solar):
Add Scarlett Johansson to the growing list of celeb-vocates. The actress is focusing her attention on environmental justice for the world’s poor.
Through Oxfam Global Ambassadors, Johansson will join such other notables as Gael Garca Bernal and Djimon Hounsou “to call on international negotiators to protect the world’s poor from climate catastrophe at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Cancun, Mexico starting next week,” according to a release.
“The open letter to climate negotiators will be formally launched by one of the signatories: ambassador and campaign photographer Helena Christensen at a press conference in Kathmandu today, after seeing steps Oxfam is taking to help people survive the changing weather in Nepalese communities. The letter calls on negotiators to put people at the heart of their discussions in Cancun to ensure a safer future for future generations. The letter describes the opportunity negotiators have to break through the current stalemate by setting up a new global climate fund that is fair and safe and enables vulnerable people, especially women, in poor countries to build resilience to the growing threats of a changing climate. Progress on climate funding will also help restore trust between poor and rich countries, opening new doors for more constructive dialogue.”
The full text of the letter is below (the Guardian‘s version):
A year ago world leaders gathered in Copenhagen to take on one of history’s greatest threats to humanity – climate change. Some important progress was made, but sadly not nearly enough.
When they meet in Cancun next Monday for a new round of talks, they can make history. For millions on the frontlines of climate change, the time since Copenhagen has been the year from hell, as floods, droughts, fires, storms and other extreme weather events have wiped out crops and destroyed the livelihoods of some of the poorest people in the world (Report, 20 November).
We know that the destructive impacts of climate change will mean more misery and pain for the world’s poor and increasing instability and insecurity unless action is taken. As leaders prepare for a new round of talks in Cancun next week, it is abundantly clear they must do better. And fast.
Climate funding to help poor communities protect themselves and develop in a low-carbon way could help break through the stalemate. Progress on setting up a new global climate fund that enables vulnerable people in poor countries – especially women, who bear the hardest burdens – to build resilience to growing threats could be the key to moving the world closer towards a global deal. A fair, effective and accountable UN body is needed to give voice to those who need the money most and can use it best.
These measures of success are within our grasp if world leaders seize this moment in Cancun. Time is running out, but it’s not too late to prevent a climate catastrophe. We look to them to play their part in the historic challenge of our time, so that a safer future is secured for us all and generations to come.
Scarlett Johansson USA, Djimon Hounsou Benin, Gael Garca Bernal Mexico, Helena Christensen Denmark, Miguel Bos© Panama, Kristin Davis USA, Bill Nighy UK, Angelique Kidjo Benin, Ian McEwan UK, Jeremy Hobbes
Whatever your views about celebrity spokespeople, Johansson just turned 26 on Monday, so she is part of the generation who will have to suffer through the ruined climate we are leaving them.