"As the leader in renewable energy in Africa and the Arab world,
Egypt is crucial in alleviating the impacts of climate change. The
main cause of climate change is our use of fossil fuels as a source
of energy; a switch to clean sources of renewable energy such as
wind, solar and modern biomass, offers the promise of a sustainable
future," said Wael Hmaidan, Greenpeace Mediterranean
Egypt is also one of the major countries, which will suffer
dramatic climate change impacts in the region, specifically the
Nile delta, which is crucial to the survival of the country's
people and their economy.
"Egypt is more than 95% desert, and all of its economy,
agriculture and population is concentrated along the lower Nile. If
the Nile recedes, Egypt would suffer dramatic losses," Hmaidan
Climate scientists have warned that the Nile not only could
suffer a decrease in water flow of up to 75% by the end of the
century, but also a rise in sea levels would threaten to flood
around 20% of the Nile delta. With further threats from increasing
desertification, between two and fourteen million people could
become refugees due to the environmental damage.
Greenpeace is calling on the Egyptian Government to push the
leaders of the region and the world to adopt serious renewable
energy commitments if they want their country to survive. The solar
resources in Egypt alone are enough to power the Mediterranean
region, Europe, and Africa combined.
"Although climate change impacts us all, the major victims are
in developing countries where the economies and infrastructures are
fragile. We have so far been disappointed by developed countries
that are refusing to combat climate change effectively, such as the
United States and Australia," said Bruno Rebelle, Greenpeace
International program director.
Greenpeace is planning a week of engagements to discuss the
issues with politicians, farmers and supporters, who can visit an
exhibition in Cairo and Alexandria on the impacts of climate
Greenpeace is an independent, campaigning organization, which
uses non-violent, creative communication tools to put the spotlight
on global environmental problems, and to drive towards solutions
essential for a green and peaceful future.
Other contacts: In EgyptWael Hmaidan, Greenpeace Mediterranean Campaigner, +20 10 81 409 34Basma Badran, Greenpeace Mediterranean Communications Officer, +20 10 461 3664In London, UKMhairi Dunlop, Greenpeace International Communications, +44 7801 212 960