+++++ A message from Australian Greens Senator Christine Milne +++++
I am writing to you again from Copenhagen, where the conference has been reverberating for days with the brave voices of island leaders.
The island leaders, from Tuvalu to the Maldives, Grenada to Kiribati, are pleading for serious climate action from developed and developing countries alike. They rightly point out that the kind of weak deal that rich countries like Australia have on offer is a suicide pact for them and they will not sign it.
Support the island leaders now!
But Kevin Rudd responded to this heartfelt plea from the world’s most vulnerable people by trying to bully them into submission. He picked up the phone and started to call Pacific leaders, berating them for what he called their “unproductive stance”. You can read about it in my blogs from Copenhagen on our website.
These island leaders will be coming under immense pressure from the world’s largest and richest countries in the next few days. Those who want a political outcome more than they want a meaningful safe climate outcome are pressuring the islands to pull back and accept a weak deal.
Island leaders need our support now!
All Australians who support the brave stand taken by island leaders should get behind them now.
We need to tell them not to listen to Mr Rudd, and reassure them that many Australians stand with the islands in their call for survival.
Please take a few minutes to email these leaders to give them your support.
Yours in hope,
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