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“Still Time to Act on Climate Change – Need for Action on Greenhouse Gases Backed by Scientific Evidence”
There is still a window of opportunity to prevent dangerous climate change and preserve the planet for future generations. But it is closing fast, according to the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), which says that the urgent need to cut greenhouse gases is based on overwhelming scientific evidence.
WMO is supporting the Climate Summit convened by U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in New York on 23 September with a number of initiatives. These underline the need for concerted international action to tame rapid climate change, which may increase temperatures and sea levels to life-threatening levels in the coming decades, and to slow ocean acidification which threatens marine life.
The Summit will serve as a public platform for government, finance, business and civil society leaders to catalyze ambitious action on the ground to reduce emissions and mobilize political will for an ambitious global agreement by 2015 that limits the world to a less than 2-degree Celsius rise in global temperature.
Well-known weather presenters, who have prepared a series of Weather Reports for 2050, will accompany the WMO delegation to New York to increase awareness that climate change will mean more intense heat-waves, droughts, floods and more damaging tropical cyclones in many countries in the future.
“Time is not on our side,” said WMO Secretary-General Michel Jarraud. “With every year that passes, greenhouse gas concentrations reach higher and higher levels. The more we wait, the more difficult, the more expensive, the more challenging it will be to adapt to climate change caused by human activities.”
“If we don’t act on climate change, it means we are living at the expense of what we leave to our children. It’s like borrowing money and leaving a huge debt to our children. This is exactly what we are doing with climate change,” said Mr Jarraud.
“Action is still possible. It will require bold decisions, courageous decisions,” said Mr Jarraud…
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United Nations: Climate Summit 2014
“Time is not on our side” says World Meteorological Organization chief. The organization is supporting the Climate Summit convened by U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in New York on 23 September with initiatives that underscore the need for international action to tame rapid climate change.
The Summit will serve as a platform for government, finance, business and civil society leaders to announce plans to reduce emissions and mobilize political will for a global agreement in Paris in December 2015 to limit the world to a less than 2-degree Celsius rise in global temperature…
A Climate Movement That Can’t Be Ignored (09-13-2014)
September 21: That’s the day of the People’s Climate March, what promises to be the largest demonstration for action on climate change in world history. The march has brought together over 1,100 organizations at last count, from the New York City Environmental Justice Alliance to the Georgia Climate Change Coalition. A coalition that’s both staggering in size and diversity…
The response should be a wake up call to politicians who still consider climate change a niche issue. For years, climate change felt like a distant threat.
“The days when climate change was thought of as a sort of side issue? Those days are over,” May Boeve, executive director of 350.org, recently told Capital New York. “The people are united calling for action.”
As climate change has become impossible to ignore, so has the climate movement…
Countdown Until Climate Marches In NYC And Around The World (08-21-2014)
The march, which is expected to include more than 750 groups and businesses, is timed to coincide with a gathering of world leaders for the 2014 United Nations Climate Summit on September 23…
60 Solutions Against climate change; A Book by GoodPlanet Foundation
A problem without a solution is a poorly stated problem, said Albert Einstein.
Contrary to what many people think, global warming is not merely a problem. It is also a flurry of solutions and opportunities that have already popped out from civil society, from corporations, from institutions and from individuals as well. Some are well known, others less so; some are surprising, others are expected; some will have a global impact, others are of symbolic order; some are local, others will have a planetary reach.
Such are the solutions that UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has chosen to highlight for the Climate Summit in New York City on September 23rd, 2014. The GoodPlanet Foundation has compiled a selection of them into a limited edition book that will be distributed to all participants to the Summit in the United Nations. We hope that these examples will inspire you, whether you are a citizen or a decision maker. With this initiative, we wish to contribute to emulate change, as it is greatly needed to make our planet a better place to live together…