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Insight into Climate Change


Hon Ms Naledi Pandor, MP - Minister of Science and Technology, South Africa

“As a developing country the effectiveness of our response to global change impacts will not depend upon the quality of life among the most prosperous of South Africans, but should be measured by the loss of quality of life among the most vulnerable.”

Ban Ki-moon - Secretary-General of the United Nations

“Climate change affects us all, but it does not affect us all equally. The poorest and most vulnerable –those who have done the least to contribute to global warming—are bearing the brunt of the impact today.”

"Addiction is a terrible thing. It consumes and controls us, makes us deny important truths and blinds us to the consequences of our actions. Our society is in the grip of a dangerous greenhouse gas habit.”

“Is this the future we want? A world of out-of-control climate change? The answer is clear, even if the exact path is not.”

The late Wangari Maathai - Kenyan environmental and political activist and Nobel Peace Laureate

“It is the people who must save the environment. It is the people who must make the leaders change. So we must stand up for what we believe in and we cannot be intimidated."

Thoraya Ahmed Obaid - UNFPA Executive Director

“Women should be part of any agreement on climate change — not as an afterthought or because it’s politically correct, but because it’s the right thing to do. Our future as humanity depends on unleashing the full potential of all human beings, and the full capacity of women, to bring about change."

Karl Hood - former Grenada's Minister for Foreign Affairs, speaking for Aosis

“If there is no legal instrument by which we can make countries responsible for their actions, then we are relegating countries to the fancies of beautiful words. While they develop, we die; and why should we accept this?"

Olcay Ünver - World Water Assessment Programme Coordinator, United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization

“Carbon is a measure of the anthropogenic causes of climate change; water is a measure of its impacts. We must act now, and act together, if we are to rise to the challenges of climate change to ensure long-term economic, environmental and social sustainability and avert a global water crisis."

Ottmar Edenhofer - Co-Chair of Working Group III of the IPCC - director of MCC - deputy director and chief economist of PIK

"We redistribute de facto the world's wealth by climate policy...Basically it's a big mistake to discuss climate policy separately from the major themes of globalization...One has to free oneself from the illusion that international climate policy is environmental policy. This has almost nothing to do with environmental policy anymore."

Satish Kumar - former Jain monk, nuclear disarmament advocate, and is the current editor of Resurgence & Ecologist magazine

“The road to climate stability is straight and the solutions simple, and yet scientists, economists, industrialists and politicians are busy making them complicated.”


David Pencheon - Director, NHS Sustainable Development Unit

“The credit crunch is about borrowing from our children; the climate crunch is about stealing from them.”


Tom Burke - Founding Director of E3G, environmental Policy Adviser to Rio Tinto plc and a Visiting Professor at Imperial and University Colleges, London. He writes a regular political column in ENDS magazine - The ENDS Report (May 2008)

“A stable climate is the most fundamental resource of all. No one has yet built a civilisation in an unstable climate.”


Andrew Dlugolecki - Independent Financial Services Professional

“In the year 2065, on current trends, damage from climate change will exceed global GDP."

Saliem Fakir - WWF head of the Living Planet

“There is a lot of scepticism around the Rio+10 and the Rio+20 agenda. It has become a cumbersome beast that I think has too many items for action and many of those are not really actionable.”

Lasse Gustavsson - WWF head of delegation to Rio+20

“We don't need meaningless pages right now. What we need is a manual to save the world.”


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