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A GLOBAL CLIMATE CHANGE EMERGENCY STATEMENT FOR COP25 PDF Print E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow
Wednesday, 07 August 2019 12:54

 

A GLOBAL CLIMATE CHANGE EMERGENCY STATEMENT FOR COP25

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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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 security and 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 emissions by 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 both through their national energy policies and their bilateral multilateral assistance arrangement.

 

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);

 

RECOLLECTING THAT In 2009 at a press conference at COP15, the

IPCC proclaimed that at a 2 degree rise in temperature, the poor, the

vulnerable and the disenfranchised would not survive, at 1.5, they

might

 

RECALLING THAT in 2013, all member states adopted Sustainable

Development Goal 13- “Climate change presents the single biggest

threat 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

 

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IMPLEMENTING SDG13, ACHIEVING A GLOBAL VISION, ADDRESSING THE CLIMATE CHANGE EMERGENCY, KEEPING

THE RISE IN TEMPERATURE BELOW 1.5 C WOULD INVOLVE:

 

 

(i) Fulfilling article 2, The ultimate objective the UNFCCC Convention

and any related legal instruments that the Conference of the Parties

may 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 affected

negatively by the new vision;

 

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

 

(v) Ending fossil fuel exploration, production and distribution’

 

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

 

 (vii) Promoting nature-based solutions and socially equitable and environmentally sound transit and energy such as solar, wind, tidal,

and geothermal, and avoiding all false solutions such as nuclear, geo-engineering, fracking and biofuels;

 

(viii) Reducing the global military budget by at least 50% and transfer

savings to address to climate change emergency; and ending the exemption of greenhouse gases emanating from militarism

 

(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 2040 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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