Planet Prepare climate change report warns time is running out to protect Asia's coastal poor

    Educating children to be disaster-ready a high priority, says World

    MISSISSAUGA, ON, Sept. 16 /CNW/ - On Sept. 18, World Vision will launch
Planet Prepare, a report that highlights the latest research around climate
change and examines how poor people in the Asia Pacific region are
disproportionately impacted by storms and flooding. The report recommends ways
to reinforce disaster defences, educate children, empower vulnerable coastal
communities and protect development gains.

    Media are invited to join an international conference call on the
report's release, where World Vision specialists from the Asia Pacific region
will address issues such as:

    -   What/where is the impact of climate change on coastal communities?
    -   What is the link to poverty? Why are the poor disproportionately
        impacted by climate change?
    -   Is it possible to "disaster-proof" a community? How can children be
    -   What are the roles of local and national governments, the private
        sector and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in disaster risk

              Date:    Thursday, Sept. 18, 2008
              Time:    10:00 a.m. EST
              Call-in toll number (US/Canada): 011 662 104 8100
              Attendee access code: 230891 followed by the number sign.

    Experts will include:

    Laurence Gray, World Vision Advocacy Director (Asia Pacific)
    Richard Rumsey, World Vision Humanitarian and Emergency Affairs Director
    (Asia Pacific)

    The 125-page report is available on embargo for media preview until
Sept. 18, 2008, when soft copies will be available for download from To request a copy under embargo, e-mail the contacts
below. Professional photographs are also available for media use.

    World Vision is a Christian relief, development and advocacy organization
dedicated to working with children, families and communities to overcome
poverty and injustice. World Vision serves all people regardless of religion,
race, ethnicity or gender. For more information, please visit

    The specialists from this conference call, as well as Canadian experts
working in Asian countries, will also be available for further interviews.

For further information:

For further information: To arrange an interview outside of the
scheduled conference call, please contact: Britt Hamilton, (905) 565-6200 ext
3973, (416) 275-1057 (cell),; Alex Sancton,
(905) 565-6200 ext 3949, (416) 419-1321 (cell),

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