"Its not about charity, its about justice" Bono
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has weighed into our conscience with a detailed and impassioned warning that "the poorest of the poor in the world, and this includes poor people in prosperous countries, are going to be the worst hit by the impact of man-induced global warming." The IPCC does not carry out research nor does it monitor climate related data. This is a scientific think-tank of members from the World Meteorological Organization and the United Nations Environment Program that bases its assessment on peer reviewed and published scientific/technical literature. Warning, these people are very worried! And they have have a healthy respect for the process of hypothesis and probability. They might as well have said that SUV`s, coal fired hydro and unsustainable growth are going to kill poor people. But politicians watered down the report and coddled us (the developed world) with a sugar coated threat to consider in our spare time. Is this what we pay these politicians for? To bury the real shite that might shatter this glass house we`re living in. A house of pain for the poorest of the poor.
The truth is about adaptation to climate change for the poor. It means taking action to help the poor while we tackle decades of economic and environmental adjustment. The Millennium Development Goals (inspired by United Nations and efforts of Jeffrey Sachs) are reasonable, easily achievable and can be a karma comeback for a generation of wasteful boomers. This takes a commitment of .7% of GNP from the world`s richest governments. Most European countries have met (5 countries so far) or are working toward meeting the goal by 2015. Canada`s contribution was .33% and will drop this year to .32%. Pretty disappointing, and the US is worse. This is a crazy chance to alleviate extreme poverty in this world in our lifetimes. We`ve got enough blood on our hands and it`s time to put on our rally hats and stand up for their rights. It makes me want to climb onto my roof and shout for the poorest of the poor? Yeah, a lot of good that`l do? But watch this Rennetto stand way up for the poor.
I don`t know Rennetto but he takes a bit of a risk and sends a powerful message. Its pure karma inspiration, especially for 50% of the world living on less than $2 a day and hungry for justice.