Canadian PM Harper agreed with Abbot but added that he expected the recent climate change deal between the U.S. and China, setting limits on greenhouse gas emissions, would also be a topic of discussion among the leaders of the world's top economies, as well as a host of other issues.
|G20 Summit, Brisbane, Australia|
On the sidelines of the summit, Obama pledged a $3 billion US contribution to the so-called Green Climate Fund to help poor countries adapt to climate change and develop cleaner sources of energy.
The move reportedly is part of Obama's intention to use his last two years in office pushing forward climate change policy.
Environmentalists have demanded climate be on the agenda at the G20 meeting, and the head of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon, called on the G20 to make the environment a priority in a news conference at the summit.
"Climate change is the defining issue of our times; it's only natural that G20 leaders should focus much more on this," he said.
Is climate change the defining issue of our times? While the US is spending $3 billion to help poorer countries adopt a cleaner environmental lifestyle, children in those countries are being raped by family members or sold as young as 4 years old to much older men for marriage, or to pimps who will use them at any age. In either case you are looking at thousands of rapes of those children before they turn 19.
Almost 1/3rd of a billion children are introduced to sexual molestation every 18 years. 75% of them will be repeatedly sexually abused. No-one seems to know the average number of abuses a child endures, but if it is as low as 5, the total number of CSAs every 18 years will be in the billions. If that number is 15 or higher, the total will be in the 10s of billions. Annual numbers are in the 100s of millions.
Globally, a new child is introduced to sexual violation every 0.9 seconds. Because of repeated offences hundreds of children are sexually assaulted every minute. Depending on the average number of repeat offences and the average duration of each offence, the number of child sexual assaults occurring this very minute rises quickly into the thousands.
Between 20 and 33% of all American girls under 19 will be sexually abused. The culture of rape in universities makes it quite probable that a first year female student will suffer sexual abuse at the hands of fraternities or 'friends'.
In the US an incident of child abuse is reported, on average, every l0 seconds. More than 2.9 million reports were made in 2003; the actual incidence is presumed to be much higher.
- A Month of Mental Health Facts: Prepared by the staff of the Child Study Center © 2006 Child Study Center, NYU School of Medicine
"There are 400,000 registered sex offenders in the United States, and an estimated 80 to 100,000 of them are missing."
No, Mr Obama, Mr Ban Ki-moon, climate changes is not the defining issue of our time. Our spectacular sexual abuse of our children and our lack of enthusiasm to end CSA, is the defining issue of our time. That's how this generation will be defined; by us spending all our money and energies on wars and climate change, while our children suffer needlessly, and horrendously. Some of us will not do well when we stand before God in judgement!