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A GLOBAL CLIMATE CHANGE EMERGENCY STATEMENT FOR COP25 PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow
Wednesday, 07 August 2019 13:05

 

 

A GLOBAL CLIMATE CHANGE EMERGENCY STATEMENT FOR COP25

Global Compliance Research Project

 

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The activists confronting Shell at the COP24: Three Nigerians – Nnimmo Bassey, Gowin Ojo and Rita Uwaka are part of the action

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The activists confronting Shell at the COP: Three Nigerians – Nnimmo Bassey, Gowin Ojo and Rita Uwaka are part of the action

 

RECALLING THAT In 1988, at the Climate Change Conference in Toronto, three hundred global scientists, along with other participants concluded:

Humanity is conducting an unintended, uncontrolled, globally pervasive experiment whose ultimate consequence could be second only to a global nuclear war.  the Earth’s atmosphere is changed at an unprecedented rate by pollutants resulting from depositions of hazardous, toxic and atomic wastes and from wasteful fossil fuel use. These changes represent a major threat to international securityand are already having harmful consequences over many parts of the globe.... it is imperative to act now.  

In the Conference statement, Changing Atmosphere Conference in 1988 and they called for the global community, to Reduce CO2 emissionsby approximately 20% of 1988 levels by the year 2005 as an initial global goal. Clearly the industrialized nations have a responsibility to lead the way boththrough their national energy policies and their bilateral multilateral assistance arrangement.

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AWARE THAT In 1992. Under article 4 of UNFCCC developed states made a commitment to return to 1990 levels by the end of the decade (2000) (Article 4, UNFCCC);

 

RECALLING THAT in September 2007, at the UN, the Chair of the IPCC Rajendra Pachauri supported,"moving from a meat based diet to a plant based diet." 

 

RECALLING THAT In 2009 at an IUCN press conference at COP15, it was proclaimed that at a 2 degree rise in temperature, the poor,the vulnerable and the disenfranchised would not survive, at 1.5, they might

 

AWARE THAT in 2013, all member states adopted Sustainable Development Goal 13- “Climate change presents the single biggestthreat to development, and its widespread, unprecedented impacts disproportionately burden the poorest and most vulnerable. Urgent  action to combat climate change is needed.

 

APPRECIATING THAT in 2015. at COP 21, Secretary General, Ban Ki Moon, in Paris, urged states to negotiate with a global vision NOT with a vested national interest

 

WELCOMING ON August 4 2019 Secretary General Antonio Guterres’ statement:  We are facing a grave climate emergency. We need urgently to accelerate with Climate Action for the transformation the world needs. This is the battle of our lives. It is a battle we can win. It is a battle we must win.

 

IMPLEMENTING SDG13, ACHIEVING A GLOBAL VISION, ADDRESSING THE CLIMATE CHANGE EMERGENCY, AND KEEPING THE RISE IN TEMPERATURE BELOW 1.5 C WOULD INVOLVE:

 

 

) Fulfilling article 2, The ultimate objective the UNFCCC Convention and any related legal instruments that the Conference of the Partiesmay adopt is to achieve, stabilization of greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere at a level that would prevent

dangerous anthropogenic interference with the climate system;

 

(ii) Being determined to protect the rights of future generations, and to invoking the precautionary principle (Where there are threats of serious or irreversible damage from climate change, lack of full scientific certainty should not be used as a reason for postponing such measures to prevent the threat); and enforce the pollution pay principle

 

(iii) Supporting the principle of common and differentiated responsibility, compensating for historical emissions, and instituting a fair and just transition for workers and communities affectednegatively by the new vision;

 

(iv) Ending subsidies for fossil fuel, and the investment in fossil fuels;

 

(v) Ending fossil fuel exploration, production and distribution through infrastructure such as pipelines and tankers and closing LNG ports

 

(vi) Conserving carbon sinks -such as old growth forests and bogs, planting trees, ensuring food security and strengthening conservation of biodiversity,  

 

 (vii) Promoting nature-based solutions,moving away from car dependency and instituting 75% socially equitable and environmentally sound public transit and energy such as solar, wind, tidal, and geothermal, and avoiding all false solutions such as nuclear, geo-engineering, fracking and biofuels; ending 

 

(viii) Reducing the global military budget by at le ast 50%,signi ng and ratifying  the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, ending the exemption of greenhouse gases emanating from militarism, and transfering the savings to address to climate change emergency

 

(ix) Making a commitment to use the baseline of 1990, and given the climate  change emergency, in COP 25 to use time lines and targets reflecting existing and emerging science such as " 50% below 1990 levels by 2020 ,65 % below 1990 levels by 2025, 75% below 1990 level by 2030 and 100% below 1990 emissions by 2050,decarbonization with 100% ecologically sound renewable energy,  

 

(x) Addressing the climate change emergency would also require, in each article in COP 25 a striving for consensus with a fallback of 75%

 

(xi) seeking an advisory opinion from the International Court of Justice on whether the developed states have failed to comply with the objective of the UNFCCC and have not prevented dangerous anthropogenic interference with the climate system

 

 

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