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Celebrities Pen Letter To United Nations Climate Change Conference Negotiators

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Oxfam Global Ambassadors Scarlett Johansson, Gael Garcia Bernal and Djimon Hounsou have joinined fellow celebrities Kristin Davis, Bill Nighy and Angélique Kidjo in an open letter to the United Nations Climate Change Conference international negotiators.

The letter, which was officially announced yesterday, asks negotiators to find innovative ways to protect the world’s most indigent communities from climate catastrophe during the United Nations Climate Change Conference next week in Cancun, Mexico.

The letter states: “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 around the world unless action is taken. As you prepare for a new round of talks in Cancun, it is abundantly clear that you must do better. And fast.”

The 8 celebrities are asking negotiators to set 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.

Want to see the whole letter? Check it out after the jump.

An Open Letter to Climate Negotiators:

A year ago, world leaders gathered in Copenhagen in an effort to take-on one of history’s greatest threats to humanity — climate change.

Some important progress was made but sadly not nearly enough. In Cancun, you can make history.

For millions of people on the front lines of climate change, the time since Copenhagen has been the year from sheer 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. 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 around the world unless action is taken.

As you prepare for a new round of talks in Cancun next week it is abundantly clear that you must do better. And fast.

At Cancun, climate funding to help poor communities protect themselves and develop in a low carbon way could help break through the current stalemate. Progress on setting up a new global climate fund that enables vulnerable people in poor countries to build resilience to growing threats — especially women who bear the hardest burdens — could be the key to moving the world closer towards a global deal. A fair, effective and accountable U.N. 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 you seize this moment in Cancun.

Time is running out but it’s not too late to prevent a climate catastrophe. We look to you to play your part in the historic challenge of our time so that a safer future is secured for us all and generations to come.

Yours truly,

Scarlett Johansson — U.S.
Djimon Hounsou — Benin
Gael García Bernal — Mexico
Helena Christensen — Denmark
Miguel Bosé — Panama
Kristin Davis — U.S.
Bill Nighy — U.K.
Angelique Kidjo — Benin

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