Tony Blair is urging “realism” not “idealism” in the fight against climate change. He made the remarks ahead of a G8 summit next month in Japan.
Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair is urging world leaders to focus on realistic short-term goals for climate change, saying they offer the best chance of achieving long-term progress.
The report, issued by the nonprofit Climate Group, outlines a plan to “achieve a world-wide goal on climate change by 2050.” Blair said that in order for the goal to become a reality, it is necessary “to focus on getting the best realistic deal possible next year in the UN negotiations at the end of 2009, and then set out some practical, sensible steps in areas like energy efficiency, developing new technologies, and deforestation in the short term, so that the long-term goal becomes realistic too.”
Blair said the key to progress on climate change is forging an agreement between the world’s major economies. “There is no climate deal unless you have
The leaders of the G8 industrialised nations -- Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia and the United States – will gather in Japan July 7-9.
Blair is also the special envoy to the Middle East for the Quartet (the
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Date created : 2008-06-27