African & African-American Climate Justice Leaders Hold Press Conference: Call on Obama to Commit to Human Rights

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post via email from Kari Fulton, EJCC in Copenhagen
December 10, 2009 9:39am

Today African and African- American Climate Justice leaders held a press conference calling for President Barack Obama to view Climate Change as a Human Rights Issue. African Climate Justice leaders wrote a letter to Obama asking him to not forget about the concerns of Africa when it comes to international climate negotiations. Kari Fulton spoke on behalf of the Environmental Justice and Climate Change Initiative as well as the U.S. Youth Climate Movement.  The letter was recieved by Felicia Davis, A member of the Black Women’s Roundtable a program of the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation who agreed to deliver the letter to members of the White House Staff.

You can watch a full screening of the press conference exclusively at www.checktheweather.net. Visit the site for up to date information on all that’s going on with people of color from the United States and Abroad at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Jacqui says “I was fortunate to be able to interview Anne Maina of Nairobi Kenya who works for the African Biodiversity Network. She gave a good background and framing to the outrage of the African civil society due to misallocation of resources and lack of aggressive targets at the peril of their nations, communities, and families. Yet she ended on a positive note and a call to action.”