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Greenpeace Response to President Obama's Award of the Nobel Peace Prize


"We hope that the award of the Nobel Peace
prize to President Barack Obama will give him the courage of his
convictions on climate change. That it will spur him to take personal
leadership on climate change to avert climate catastrophe. If allowed
to go unchecked, climate change will wreak havoc on our societies -
spurring mass migration, mass starvation and mass extinction. It will
spark conflicts worldwide.

"If President Obama is to be a true Nobel Peace Laureate he must
reverse the United States current blocking role in the climate
negotiations to secure a fair, ambitious and binding deal for the
climate this December. He must use his power to avert future climate
conflicts and chaos.

"In accepting the award in Oslo on December 10th, President Obama
has an incredible opportunity, and responsibility, to then travel to
the UN Copenhagen Climate Summit, which is happening at the same time,
and help avert climate chaos and conflict." said Gerd Leipold,
Greenpeace International Executive Director.

The announcement from the Nobel Committee comes as two weeks of UN
climate talks in Bangkok limped to a close this week. All eyes are on
President Obama's administration to make the shift to the deep
emissions cuts that the world has been wanting for decades.

"The US is trying to impose its own domestic limitations on the
international community - limitations driven largely by the fossil fuel
lobby. It is climate science and the needs of the most vulnerable that
should determine the Copenhagen outcome, not oil and coal companies and
their allies in Congress," said Damon Moglen, Greenpeace USA Global
Warming Director.

"The Nobel Prize speaks to the desire, the
hope of people around the world who want our President to lead with
vision and fairness. In the next two months, President Obama must
commit to ambitious action if he is to be the climate leader the world
is waiting for."

Greenpeace is a global, independent campaigning organization that uses peaceful protest and creative communication to expose global environmental problems and promote solutions that are essential to a green and peaceful future.

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