WASHINGTON - Greenpeace today reached Egypt on the
final leg of its 'Peaceful Energy Tour' in the Mediterranean region.
Campaigners will be visiting Cairo and Alexandria to highlight the
threats and impacts of climate change in Egypt.
"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 campaigner.
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 explained.
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
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
"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
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 change.
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.