© Clintel Foundation / Wednesday November 2, 2022
Open Letter to Global Leaders assembled at COP27 in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt
The initial climate summit (‘Earth Summit’) was held in Rio de Janeiro, exactly 30 years ago. Since then 26 other summits were organised and next week COP27 will be held in Egypt, particularly focused on making Africa a ‘greener’ continent.
Clintel has sent an Open Letter to the Organization of COP27, the Organisation of African States, the Chairman of the IPCC and the Secretariat of the UNFCCC.
In this Letter we point out that it would be a crime against the African people to require them to base their energy system on intermittent wind and solar power. That would push the more than 1.3 billion people on this continent further into poverty. Economic development cannot happen without affordable and reliable energy supplies.
On behalf of all the poor people in Africa, we sincerely hope that Clintel’s message will have a positive influence on the decisions that will be taken next week.
Read letter here (or here as pdf)
Guus Berkhout, President of Clintel
Clintel is an Amsterdam (The Netherlands) based thinktank founded in 2019 by Dutch emeritus professor Guus Berkhout and science writer Marcel Crok. Clintel operates as a climate science and climate policy watchdog. In its first year it launched the World Climate Declaration, stating firmly “there is no climate emergency”. That declaration is now signed by more than 1501 scientists and experts.
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