Let’s make 2014 the year when we seriously take action on climate change.
We join Kofi Annan in imploring the world to pay attention to the reality of climate change and the disastrous effects it will have on future generations, as well as those already less well off.
In a recent article, Annan urges governments and corporate leaders to take action now, rather than focusing on short-sighted endeavours and self-interest. “Every year the world fails to act brings us closer to the tipping point when scientists fear that climate change may become irreversible. This is a terrible gamble with the future of the planet and with life itself.”
The former UN Secretary-General is currently a member of The Elders, “an independent group of global leaders who work together for peace and human rights”, formed in 2007 by Nelson Mandela, who are currently campaigning for a carbon-neutral world by 2050. In his article, Annan goes on to say that the richer nations that have caused most of the greenhouse gas emissions – “and reaped the benefits” – have a responsibility to assist the poorer nations, already seeing the effects of climate change.
This is a decisive year.
Ban Ki-moon, the current United Nations Secretary-General has repeatedly reminded us that climate change poses a direct threat to peace. “The facts are clear: climate change is real and accelerating in a dangerous manner,” he said to the UN Security Council in 2011, declaring that it “not only exacerbates threats to international peace and security; it is a threat to international peace and security”.
Ban Ki-moon has called for a climate summit in New York in September. We add our voices to those believing ‘It is imperative that governments and corporate leaders come to this summit committed to ambitious actions on the climate if we are to stand a chance to reach an agreement in 2015 commensurate with the challenge.”
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