The science is clear
Climate change is already happening and is increasing at an alarming pace. These changes will continue for several decades, even if there are dramatic cuts in global emissions of greenhouse gases. In a warmer world, more extreme weather events will affect everyone, but those most at risk are those who are the poorest, most exposed and have the least resources to withstand climate shocks and stresses.
From world leaders today, I’m asking two things:
- To take immediate action on climate change to ensure global warming does not go beyond 1.5 degrees Celsius. The worst long term effects can still be avoided if we substantially cut greenhouse-gas emissions.
- To enhance assistance to developing countries already dealing with the impact of climate change. Currently, less than 10 percent of global climate finance goes towards resilience and adaptation. More funding must be dedicated to assisting communities to adapt to the current and inevitable climate risks.
I am adding my signature to this open letter, and implore world leaders to take collective action on climate change.