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A CALL FOR ACTION TO ALL PEOPLE OF GOODWILL TO FACE THE REALITIES OF CLIMATE CHANGE

The future of humanity is at stake.  We need transformational change now.

 

  • We face an existential risk to our survival from human-induced climate change. That is to say, a risk with large negative consequences where an adverse outcome would annihilate life or permanently curtail its potential.
  • The time for action is running out. The Paris Agreement, followed up in Marrakech last year, was a big step forward. However, current commitments by countries are nowhere near enough: they should be strengthened not undermined.
  • Global carbon emissions need to be reduced far more rapidly than officially proposed. Today’s path leads to a world with a 4–5oC average temperature increase relative to pre-industrial conditions, which would be incompatible with an organized global community, and result in a substantial reduction in global population. Even the Paris emission reduction commitments, if implemented, would result in a 3oC rise, increasing social chaos in many parts of the world with higher levels of deprivation, displacement and conflict.
  • The need for urgent action is confirmed by analysis of specific regions, such as the Mediterranean area, a critical climate hotspot where even a rise of 1.5oC will have enormous consequences.
  • At the core of the crisis is our model of economic growth, and globalization, as well as the failure of governments to take adequate and timely action.
  • We must address the causes and effects of climate change by establishing far higher levels of global cooperation.
  • The present path of slow, incremental improvements in energy and resource efficiency, the “greening” of the economy and reliance on markets alone, are not enough: we need rapid transformational change.
  • Our leaders must be held accountable for their inaction; they should take real action now to preserve the prospects, safety and hopes of our children, and of succeeding generations throughout the world.
  • The future of humanity is at stake. We must safeguard it with new initiatives as current processes are not working fast enough.

We call for a worldwide coalition of enlightened leaders in governments, corporations, religions, financial institutions, scientists and educators to press for emergency climate action, recognizing that a stable climate is a precondition for human well-being, stability and peace. They should focus on realising the immense co-benefits of climate action in creating good jobs, and enhancing security, dignity and fairness. They must give concrete substance to the Paris Agreement, and the Marrakech COP22 Proclamation and Partnership statements.

  • We call on political leaders to face their responsibility for the security, health and wellbeing of citizens by urgently implementing deeper carbon emission cuts to contain the rise in global average temperature to well below 20C above pre-industrial levels and to take all possible steps to limit the increase to 1.50C. They must act with solidarity, increasing the ability of all peoples to adapt to the impact of climate change and moving towards a new model of sustainable development in the framework of the Sustainable Development Goals.
  • We call on faith leaders, artists, teachers, opinion makers and the media to play their role in honestly discussing the climate change threats and solutions and informing people and explaining ways forward.
  • We call on the leaders of corporations, investment funds, financial institutions, regulators, cities and regions, to fulfill their fiduciary responsibilities to properly understand, assess and manage climate risk and opportunity, using their skills and capabilities to create the emergency transition to a low-carbon, resource efficient and equitable world.
  • We call on each individual citizen to do their part in addressing climate change, with lifestyle changes where necessary.

The intent is to ensure that the Paris Agreement objectives are met in the shortest possible time in accordance with sound scientific, technological, economic and social advice, rather than being negated by “political realism” and short-term considerations as has happened so often in the past. This challenge is far greater than the interests of any individual nation state, special interests or organisation. We call on all people of goodwill to come together to press for action. Only through cooperation can this generation play its role in history. The global community and commons must now take priority.