In his speach in Oslo today, president Barack Obama touched upon the issue of climate change. He said:

It is undoubtedly true that development rarely takes root without security; it is also true that security does not exist where human beings do not have access to enough food, or clean water, or the medicine they need to survive. It does not exist where children cannot aspire to a decent education or a job that supports a family. The absence of hope can rot a society from within.

And that is why helping farmers feed their own people - or nations educate their children and care for the sick - is not mere charity. It is also why the world must come together to confront climate change. There is little scientific dispute that if we do nothing, we will face more drought, famine and mass displacement that will fuel more conflict for decades. For this reason, it is not merely scientists and activists who call for swift and forceful action - it is military leaders in my country and others who understand that our common security hangs in the balance. [áherslubreyting er okkar]

Agreements among nations. Strong institutions. Support for human rights. Investments in development. All of these are vital ingredients in bringing about the evolution that President Kennedy spoke about. And yet, I do not believe that we will have the will, or the staying power, to complete this work without something more - and that is the continued expansion of our moral imagination, an insistence that there is something irreducible that we all share.

Photo: The Nobels prize medal, from both sides.

Birt:
Dec. 10, 2009
Höfundur:
Árni Finnsson
Tilvitnun:
Árni Finnsson „Obama um loftslagsbreytingar“, Náttúran.is: Dec. 10, 2009 URL: http://natturan.is/d/2009/12/10/obama-um-loftslagsbreytingar/ [Skoðað:Sept. 21, 2021]
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breytt: Dec. 11, 2009

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