Climate change and global warming are a reality, we can hardly deny it. The world is indeed getting warmer and human activity is largely responsible. It means extreme weather events could become the new normal, with an increasing number of persons displaced by natural disasters.
Environmental problems include climate change, global warming, air pollution, water scarcity, food insecurity, health issues… They are important issues to us: in 2015, we attended the COP21 in Paris and we joined rally and protests across the city, you can read our news here. Last month we were back in the streets for Global Day of Action #RiseforClimate, we posted tweets and photos on this page.
The 48th Plenary session of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the UN body for assessing the science related to climate change, took place in Incheon, Korea October 1st – 5th 2018.
The delegates adopted the Summary for Policymakers (SPM) of the Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5°C (SR15). It was approved by the IPCC on Saturday and will be a key scientific input into the Katowice Climate Change Conference in Poland in December, when governments review the Paris Agreement to tackle climate change.
Global Warming of 1.5°C is the first in a series of Special Reports to be produced in the IPCC’s Sixth Assessment Cycle. Next year the IPCC will release the Special Report on the Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate, and Climate Change and Land, which looks at how climate change affects land use.
Alarmed by the IPCC Special Report on 1.5 degrees, The Elders call on world leaders to take radical action to curb global emissions and end all reliance on fossil fuels:
“Securing a just transition to a 1.5 degree world can only be done by a people-centred, rights-based approach with justice and solidarity at its heart. Mary Robinson. We demand leaders take urgent & radical #ClimateAction: https://t.co/fyHs2P8MhJ #IPCC #1o5C #ClimateChange #SR15 pic.twitter.com/i1n9QiTgbK
— The Elders (@TheElders) October 8, 2018
In their press release, The Elders demand urgent action to meet 1.5 degrees target and avert climate disaster. Lakhdar Brahimi, former Foreign Minister of Algeria and UN diplomat, said:
This report makes clear that the ecological catastrophe threatened by unmitigated climate change also spells disaster for global peace and security. Scarce resources and huge numbers of people displaced by rising sea waters, drought or desertification will exacerbate existing conflicts and produce new faultlines. For all our sakes, leaders must respond with urgency, unity and clarity of vision to preserve a peaceful planet.
IPCC-49 will convene in May 2019 in Kyoto, Japan, to approve the 2019 Refinement of the 2006 Guidelines on National Greenhouse Gas Inventories. If you missed the IPCC P48 Opening Ceremony, you can watch it below: