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|13 September 2009
US, Indonesian presidents urged to lead in averting climate change
Pro-environment action group Greenpeace has called on world leaders, particularly US President Barack Obama and Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, to demonstrate their leadership to avert climate catastrophe, the Jakarta Post reported.
The green group said Southeast Asia was one of the world’s most vulnerable and least prepared regions to cope with the impacts of climate change.
The call was made on the sidelines of the 15-day journey of Elephant traversing the vast Central Plains of Thailand, from Khao Yai National Park to the outskirts of Bangkok.
The city is the venue for the next two-week round of climate talks, which begin on September 28 – ahead of the year’s most crucial climate meeting in Copenhagen in December.
"Likewise, the Asian Elephant, along with almost 20 percent of world's biodiversity in the region, is severely threatened by the relentless deforestation, which in turn magnifies climate change impacts," said Von Hernandez, Executive Director of Greenpeace Southeast Asia in the statement made available to The Jakarta Post on Saturday.
"Unfortunately, despite the science and the obvious signs, world leaders are reluctant – even unwilling – to act. Among world leaders, US President Obama has an opportunity to make history again – it is time for him to take responsibility and deliver on the change the world needs. That opportunity could be the United Nations General Assembly meeting in New York on September 22," he said.
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