Be smart, not stupid; World leaders must put climate talks back on track at UN summit: Greenpeace

Press release - September 22, 2009
Greenpeace today called on world leaders to "Be smart, not stupid" as climate talks take center stage at the special session of the United Nations General Assembly on climate change in New York today. The environmental group is hosting the worldwide premier of the climate change docu-drama-animation "Age of Stupid" in Bangkok tonight.

The "Age of Stupid" movie is recognized as "an incredibly powerful account of the effects of climate change, the urgency of climate change and the reasons we must act as quickly as possible."  The premier screening by Greenpeace today is part of the ongoing Greenpeace Chang(e) Caravan which is currently traversing Thailand's Central Plains, gathering voices of climate change impacted communities and calling on world leaders to take decisive

climate action.

"The message from the movie is clear, this is not the time for world leaders to be stupid.  Leaders must lead, it is time for them to drop the posturing, accept the science and listen to the voices of those already suffering from climate change in places such as Thailand and Southeast Asia which experts recognize to be among the most vulnerable and least prepared to cope with climate change impacts," said Tara Buakamsri, Greenpeace Southeast Asia Campaign Manager.

For the past ten days, Greenpeace has been running Chang(e) Caravan, that is traveling across climate impacted region of Thailand,  with five Asian Elephants rehabilitated by the Thai Elephant Research and Conservation Fund (TERF).  The 15-day trek, now in its tenth day, has organized ground researches, workshops, public hearings and focus group discussions to document actual situations of people already suffering from climate change. The Caravan has also initiated a study on the climate vulnerability of the Bangpakong River Basin, an important agricultural area in Thailand, which is now experiencing climate change impacts such as flooding, drought, saltwater

intrusion, and coastal erosion.

Throughout the caravan, as well as at tonight's movie premier, Greenpeace is particularly calling on United States President Barack Obama to take the leadership role in enacting urgent climate solutions.  President Obama will address the UN Heads of State for the first time in his presidency in what is expected to be the largest such gathering in history.  Today's Summit on Climate Change, convened by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon is a crucial milestone on the way to a fair, ambitious and binding agreement in Copenhagen in December.

"President Obama promised leadership on climate change. He promised to take action guided by the science. We sincerely hope that good sense will prevail and world leaders will agree on a strong climate treaty that will not only reverse the march of dangerous climate change - it will also help us tackle the world's most urgent issues - energy security, food security, water security and protection of our last remaining hope, biodiversity on planet Earth."

Other contacts: Tara Buakamsri, Campaigns Manager of Greenpeace Southeast Asia, Tel 089-476-9977, Wiriya Kingwatcharapong, Tel 089-487-0678,

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