Press Releases

CAN is an important, critical voice in the international climate policy process. The network’s regular press briefings and commentary help journalists and their audience make sense of what can be a baffling process, even to those who have been covering it for years.

CAN helps coordinate and amplify the communications work of its 850 members around major international climate processes. CAN also provides an important capacity building role for some members interested in boosting their communications efforts.

You can find a range of our latest resources and releases below:

A strong call for ambition as world leaders arrive in Katowice for COP24

3 December 2018, Katowice: World leaders at the UN climate talks in Katowice have made statements calling for stronger ambition but it's now time for countries to keep their word by commiting to updated Nationally Determined Contributions by 2020. Countries are feeling the pressure following the IPCC 1.5C Report and public demand for action has never been higher.

Catherine Abreu, Executive Director, Climate Action Network Canada, said this “COP24 has to wake up slow-moving governments”. 2018 has seen the small but continued rise of a very powerful group of politicians who undercover of populist rhetoric are working to defend our status quo lethal addiction to fossil fuels”. She said transformative work is required for a smoother transition to a green economy “The technical work is meant to underline much larger social transformation that happens on the ground in countries and we see that that has to go hand in hand with economic transformation and the creation of a stronger social safety net, so that we’re both moving forward with protecting the planet, but also making sure that people have access to decent work or are able to provide for themselves and their families. They must be protected from the kind of volatility that we’re seeing in the natural world and also across socio-economic spaces”.

However, Abreu remained positive about the COP’s potential as she stated “The Paris Agreement is one of the best examples that the world has of global cooperation on an issue of universal significance”  The CVF Virtual Summit and G20 outcome on climate, with 19 countries standing by the Paris Agreement, are evidence that climate multilateralism is gaining ground.

Mohamed Adow, Christian Aid, described the fundamental importance of developing the Paris Rulebook and establishing reliable financial flows for vulnerable countries. A strong Rulebook “allows us to hold countries accountable to their actions”. Further, he emphasized, that without delivery of $100 billion by 2020 we will lack the confidence to successfully implement the Paris Agreement. Adow underlined his concerns surrounding climate finance as he stated, “Rich countries of the world haven’t actually honored their commitments to deliver the kind of support that will allow developing countries to be able to meet and exceed their Paris pledges and this is critical”.

On the topic of a coal company sponsoring COP24, Mohamed Adow said “A coal company sponsoring this COP is actually equal to having arms dealers at a peace summit. The idea that the Polish Presidency can have the very companies that cause climate destruction sponsoring the talks is just a slap in the face of the poor vulnerable countries who are suffering the impacts of climate change, and it is a very unpresidential thing to do.”

Fernanda Carvalho, WWF International, expressed the need for near term pre-2020 action. She said, “We want countries at this COP to express politically their will to enhance NDCs”. Furthermore, Carvalho recognized the UNSG Summit in 2019 as a platform for nations to amplify their ambition. With regards to the need for greater political communication she said “The Talanoa dialogue is a process that should create the conditions and the trust to enhance ambition, we want a political outcome that is preferably captured in a COP decision”.

About Climate Action Network:
Climate Action Network (CAN) is a global network of over 1200 NGOs working to promote government and individual action to limit human-induced climate change to ecologically sustainable levels. www.climatenetwork.org

Statement by the CAN International Board of Directors

Statement by CAN International Board

Monday, 26 November 2018

The Board of CAN International has taken note of an article published in the media today concerning the announcement by the Board on 7 November 2018.

In the period from October 31, 2018 to November 5, 2018, the CAN International Board of Directors received a number of complaints. The Board takes seriously all complaints brought to its attention.

On consideration of the complaints received, the Board has decided to put CAN’s Executive Director Wael Hmaidan on a period of leave, and commissioned an independent workplace investigation.

The investigation, which is carried out independently from the Board itself, has begun and will be completed by the end of the year. The findings will contribute to guidance on future actions and decisions. In order to safeguard the integrity of the independent investigation, the Board is not in a position to comment further on any of the complaints received or on the media article.

Dr. Stephan Singer will be the focal point for leading operations within the CAN International Secretariat to ensure operations continue uninterrupted, especially during this busy period.

CAN International strives to be a safe and welcoming workplace for the passionate and committed members of the climate movement worldwide. The Board remains committed to ensuring that CAN International lives up to this vision.

Issued on behalf of the CAN International Board of Directors

Climate Vulnerable Forum Virtual Summit

The Virtual Climate Summit organized by the Climate Vulnerable Forum (CVF) snowballs the process for ramping up climate action, but countries still need to significantly step up and raise ambition by 2020 to keep global warming below 1.5C degrees.

 
Thursday 22 November: Countries of the Climate Vulnerable Forum (CVF) broke new grounds

today by successfully organizing the first gathering of Heads of States and governments completely online at www.vitualclimatesummit.org, setting a precedent for a future of low emissions international fora. The zero-carbon summit, which came as a response to the scientific report by the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released last September, aimed at providing a platform for all leaders to commit to raising climate ambition by 2020 to keep warming below 1.5C degrees as agreed in 2015 in Paris and to safeguard vulnerable communities worldwide from runaway climate change.

 

Pre-recorded video statements, panels and films were screened over 24 hours engaging various audiences over social media. More than 50 countries participated including Costa Rica, Germany, France, Fiji, Philippines, Mexico, Norway, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Niger, Palau, Finland, Cambodia, Switzerland, Rwanda, Grenada, Lebanon,  Kiribati, Ireland, Nepal, Bangladesh, Sweden, Santa Lucia, Barbados, Haïti, Mongolia and others.

The Summit was an important show of leadership by the Marshall Islands and other countries most vulnerable to climate change, which optimized scarce resources to organize the Summit and build a coalition of frontrunners who will act as the driving force for a decision on enhancement at the upcoming UN negotiations (COP24) in Katowice and the UN Secretary General (UNSG) Summit in September 2019.

The Summit Host, President of the Marshall Islands and Chair of the CVF Dr. Hilda Heine announced new and ambitious climate targets becoming one of the first along with Fiji to respond to the Paris Commitments and setting an example for other countries to follow to secure survival and protection of vulnerable communities worldwide. The official outcome of the Summit, particularly the “Jumemmej Declaration” (Marshallese for vigilance against threats) will feed into the agreed mechanism to promote enhanced action by all nations party to the Paris Agreement dubbed the “Talanoa Dialogue” and sends a powerful call to arms to all leaders and non-state actors to enhance ambition by 2020 while emphasizing the role of the UNSG Summit in 2019. The Declaration also announces that all CVF countries will enhance their own climate contributions by 2020.

CVF countries attempted to lead by example to emphasize that the transition to clean renewable energy and decarbonized economies that will keep warming below 1.5C is feasible and economically productive.

Although the Summit kicked off a snowball for enhanced commitments, which civil society will keep pushing to build up to a significant size during the climate talks in Katowice through to the UNSG Summit in 2019, many countries missed the intended purpose of the online meeting, either by not participating in the Summit or by failing to present new strong and ambitious commitments. As many speakers in the Summit expressed, enhanced commitments are the only way to safeguard vulnerable and other communities from dangerous climate impacts that are threatening their survival and peace and security worldwide.

The IPCC’s special report was clear. To keep the world safe from climate disasters, countries should take unprecedented actions to cut carbon emissions and a complete phase-out of coal by all members of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development by 2030.

The Summit saw the participation of a number of civil society and organizational leaders including the UN, World Bank, the Global Environment Facility, the Elders, Oxfam, Mission 2020, SEforAll, Greenpeace, the World Wide Fund for Nature, the World Resources Institute, CARE and others.

Cities, businesses and governments in Ukraine discuss transition to renewable energy

Kiev, 13 November 2018

EECCA Press Release

Relying on renewables as the only source of energy to drive countries’ development pathways not only makes sound environmental sense, but is also good for the economy. In addition it is crucial if we are to meet the Sustainable Development Goals. So we urgently need to do more and move faster on 100%RE. 

This was the message by Dr. Stephan Singer, Senior Advisor Global Energy Policies for Climate Action Network (CAN), at a Meeting of Energy Ministers and the Ninth International Forum on Energy for Sustainable Development held in Kiev, Ukraine, from 12 - 15 November 2018.

At the meeting, which included representatives from the Ukrainian Ministry of Energy and Coal Industry, international energy agencies and regional UN commissions discussed the state of the energy sector and how it could become more sustainable. Around the world 55 countries, 140 corporations and hundreds of cities already committed to 100%RE and the reason for doing so is clear:

“Renewable energy creates jobs that do not harm the environment,” said Dr. Singer. “At the moment in the renewable energy sector there are more than 10 million jobs. In the coal sector, for example, only 7 million jobs. The renewable energy price reduction varies from region to region, but they still become cheaper every year. The decrease in the cost of lithium batteries from 2010 was 80% and led to an increase in the number of electric vehicles to 1.5 million in 2016, compared with 700,000 in 2015. 60 watt LED bulbs cost $100 apiece in 2010, now less than $2.”

CAN also took the opportunity to hold a discussion on “Practical aspects of transition to 100% renewable energy” as this goal still seems elusive, despite the international trend in the clean energy sector.

The panel brought together representatives of Agricole Bank, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), the Energy Ministry of Ukraine, the Danish Energy Agency and the Mayor of Zhytomyr to discuss their commitments for a complete transition to renewable energy and illustrate how this is already being achieved.

Participants on the panel included:

  1. Dr. Stephan Singer, Climate Action Network International, Senior Advisor on Global Energy Policies;
  2. Mr. Yuri Dziuba, Director of Logistic and Real Estate Department of Credit Agricole;
  3. Mr. Sergiy Sukhomlyn, Mayor of Zhytomyr City (Ukraine);
  4. Mr. Sergiy Maslichenko, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, Associate Director Energy Efficiency and Climate Change;
  5. Mr. Kristoffer Bottzauw, General Director, Danish Energy Agency; and
  6. Ms. Olga Buslavets, Ministry of energy and coal industry of Ukraine, Director  of  Directorate  of Energy  Markets Development.

Over the course of the discussion Dr. Singer touched on the significant sustainable development co-benefits that a full transition to renewables can bring. 

“Today renewable energy sources contribute only 20% to the global energy mix. The remaining 80% comes from burning fossil fuels which results in the death of 7 to 9 million people each year. CO2 is a long-lived gas and it will remain in the atmosphere for many decades, so we must reduce emissions as soon as possible.”

The recent IPCC Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5°C clearly shows, however, that the window of opportunity is closing fast and that current leaders carry a heavy weight of responsibility to step up and enhance ambition on climate action in line with the goals of the Paris Agreement.  

“In spite of all the positive trends we are far from reaching the Paris Agreement goals and we must do more and move faster on 100%RE,” Dr. Singer concluded.

Countdown to the CVF Summit

The Virtual Climate Summit 2018 is an emission-free event led by The Climate Vulnerable Forum (CVF) and chaired by the Republic of Marshall Islands (RMI), offering a global platform for national leaders to raise climate ambition and step up their NDCs, stand in solidarity with those vulnerable to the growing impacts of climate change, and reinforce efforts under the Paris Agreement to limit global warming to 1.5ºC.

The Summit is a response to the IPCC 1.5 report and will provide feed into the COP24 Talanoa Dialogue political phase.

GENERAL INFORMATION

  • Summit programme: Summit host online platform http://www.virtualclimatesummit.org
  • When it happens: This is a 24-hour event, which will be broadcast live starting from 9:00 pm GMT on 21 November ( 8:00 am MHT 22 November) - President Hilda Heine(Republic of the Marshall Islands) will open the Summit as CVF Chair
  • Program design: The programme includes video statements from Heads of States/Government/Ministers of participating countries; thematic sessions organized by partner organizations; short films about vulnerability and solutions to climate change; and the Summit outcome document.

PARTICIPANT COUNTRIES AND LEADERS

As a platform for countries to raise their voice in reaffirming commitment to the Paris Agreement, the CVF Virtual Summit have been calling for video statements from Heads of State and Heads of Government to highlight their countries’ climate story, current ambition in meeting the 1.5ºC target and support to the CVF. Participant countries are expected to be CVF members (there are currently 48 CVF member countries) as well as summit observers.

Until now,  40+ countries have confirmed their participation and Leaders statements are being received as we speak. An initial program will be published online as of 14 November and an update on High-Level participation will be shared on the 16th of November. 

WOMEN SUMMIT CHAMPIONS

In order to highlight the importance of women’s leadership in climate action, President Heine of RMI appointed a special voluntary group of all-women ‘Summit Champions’. The aim of the Champions group is to actively communicate on the Summit, to champion the role of women in addressing climate change, and to encourage the CVF Virtual Summit’s different member and observer state leaders to fully engage with the initiative, complementing the official outreach of the Marshall Islands government and other Summit partners.

Summit Champions: 

  • Christiana Figueres;
  • Rachel Kyte;
  • Helen Clark;
  • Jennifer Morgan;
  • Laura Tuck;
  • Laurence Tubiana;
  • Senator Loren Legarda;
  • Mary Robinson;
  • Naoko Ishii; and
  • Winnie Byanyima

Link to the champion page:http://www.virtualclimatesummit.org/about/champions/

THEMATIC PANELS

Ten thematic topic-specific sessions organized by partner organizations will be moderated live via web-conferencing. Each session is one hour long.

1. Realizing Global Ambition Locally: How Domestic Multi-stakeholder Alliances Can Drive Greater Action and Ambition Around the World

Led by: World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) on behalf of the global partners for the Alliances for Climate Action (ACA)

2. 100% RE: A Vision For Decarbonization, Resilience, and Prosperity

Led by: Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL) International and Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)

3. Operationalizing Sustainable Lifestyles: Technological Transitions Or Behavioral Shifts?
Led by: The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI)

4. From Local to Global: Accelerating Adaptation Action at Scale and at All Levels
Led by: Global Centre on Adaptation, in partnership with the International Centre for Climate Change and Development (ICCCAD)

5. Women’s Leadership for Climate Action
Led by: The Republic of Marshall Islands and the CVF Summit Champions Group

6. A New Sustainable Ocean Economy—Advancing Climate and Ocean Action
Led by: World Resources Institute (WRI)

7. Survive & Thrive at #1o5C: The Finance Agenda of V20 Economies
Led by: Munich Climate Insurance Initiative (MCII)

8. Stepping Up Climate Ambition To Meet The 1.5oC Warming Limit
Led by: Climate Action Network (CAN) International

9. Urgent Call For A New Development Paradigm That Works For People And Planet
Led by: Coopération Internationale pour le Développement et la Solidarité (CIDSE)

10. Regional SIDS-SIDS Cooperation – Integrated and Inclusive Climate Technology Markets
Led by: United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO)

How can you engage?

Each session aims to provide 15-20 minutes as online interaction through questions fielded from Twitter using the CVF Summit hashtag #CVFSummitPanel.

SHORT FILMS

Crowd-sourced short films on climate vulnerability and solutions across the world will be presented.

ONLINE MOBILISATION

Greenpeace is leading an online mobilization to take a selfie holding a sign saying “Survive, Thrive, 1.5”. The photos would then be tweeted using the hashtag #StepUp2018 calling on world leaders to act.

HOW CAN YOU SUPPORT?

Summit outreach, amplification of messaging on raising climate ambition and media/social media outreach:

  • By asking your Leader/Head of Government to join (see the guidance attached and submitting statements until 16/11 via this link  here). 
  • By linking to the summit on your website and social media
  • By joining the conversation: #StepUp, #1o5,  #VirtualClimateSummit
  • By promoting the summit messaging in the media and your network.

CVF Summit Thematic Panel: Stepping Up Climate Ambition to meet the 1.5oC Warming Limit

13 November 2018

The thematic panel discussions are an important and exciting part of the CVF Summit and the panel “Stepping Up Climate Ambition to Meet the 1.5oC Warming Limit” organized by Climate Action Network (CAN) and partners certainly is no exception. 

The panel will take place on 22 November at 14.00 GMT and will include high-level speakers from Greenpeace, Costa Rica, the New Climate Economy, Ghana/C40, the Netherlands and the IPCC who will be discussing their views on how increased global climate ambition can be pursued in the interest of climate justice and a sustainable future. 

Throughout 2018, a range of global moments have built a drumbeat for increasing climate ambition – calling on governments to step-up their national plans and policies so that all peoples, societies and ecosystems have a chance to survive and thrive. 

Over the course of the discussion we will hear from:

  • IPCC author Daniela Jacob what the IPCC tells us in terms of urgency, opportunities and the scientific findings of a 2 degrees temperature increase; 
  • The Minister of Environment from Costa Rica and the Climate Ambassador from the Netherlands who will share their countries experiences, hopes and commitments contributing to achieving a 1.5 degrees world and what they will do in 2019; 
  • The Executive Director of Greenpeace who will share her views on the challenges and the urgency we face if we go beyond the 1.5 degree for vulnerable countries, in particular. She will also elaborate on why there is hope and what the opportunities for action are;
  • the Mayor of Accra, Ghana who will share what actions Accra is taking to become a climate resilient city; and 
  • The Programme Director of the New Climate Economy who will specifically highlight the economic opportunities strong climate action holds, drawing on the recently released report and case studies on the economic benefits of a low carbon development path.

With the CoP24 in Katowice Poland just 10 days away the global drumbeat to do more and act faster will be further intensified during the Climate Vulnerable Forum Virtual Summit on 22 November. 

The Panel aims to support the call from the CVF Summit to all governments to enhance climate ambition and make a strong political commitment at COP24 towards this end.

Statement by Dr. Stephan Singer, CAN Secretariat

8 November 2018

Climate Action Network (CAN), a member-led network of over 1300 non-governmental organizations in over 120 countries, is committed to promoting government and individual action to limit human-induced climate change and advocates for the full decarbonisation of economies as soon as possible.

As the focal point responsible for leading operations within the CAN International Secretariat during this time, I reaffirm CAN’s determination to continue carrying out our agreed work programme and to deliver on all outputs in line with our strategic priorities. This includes, but is not limited to, the upcoming outcomes from the Virtual CVF Summit on 22 November and the COP24 in Katowice between 2-14 December.

With the full support of the CAN Board and together with the senior management team, we will strive to ensure that the everyday programmatic work of CAN by the staff of the international secretariat remains unimpeded in light of recent administrative changes and the proposed independent investigation, as recommended by the CAN Board.

Every measure is being taken to ensure that all processes and protocols are in place to support the CAN international secretariat staff and enable the team to work in an environment conducive to their best interests and the interests of the network.

This is a critical phase in the climate movement and the work of CAN is vital to push for strong climate action. We keep our sights on the larger cause that we are committed to and the work we have chosen to do.

The worth and value of CAN lies in its membership and I remain grateful for the support of all our members, donors and partners.

I look forward to engaging with you and I can be reached at ssinger@climatenetwork.org

Administrative Announcement

7 November 2018
 
The CAN International Board has received a number of serious complaints over the past few days. The Board takes these complaints extremely seriously and will commission an independent workplace investigation.
 
To facilitate the smooth execution of the investigation and to protect the confidentiality of all parties concerned, the Board has decided to put CAN’s Executive Director Wael Hmaidan on a period of leave, with effect from today, 7 November, 2018. During this time, Dr. Stephan Singer will be the focal point for leading operations within the CAN International Secretariat to ensure operations continue uninterrupted.
 
CAN will make no further comment publicly while this investigation is underway.
 
Sanjay Vashist, Co-Chair
Safa’ Al Jayoussi, Co-Chair
On Behalf of the CAN International Board

IPCC: Watershed report shines light on radical actions needed to keep global warming to 1.5C

The IPCC’s latest scientific assessment on keeping global warming to a 1.5°C pathway highlights that massive reduction in greenhouse gas emissions in the next decade is critical to protect ecosystems, avoid catastrophic impacts and promote sustainable development. The political will to make this happen must inspire governments to lead  action. The report must input into the Talanoa Dialogue at COP24, resulting in a political outcome towards increased NDCs by 2020.

8 October, Incheon: Civil society groups welcome the adoption of the IPCC Special Report on 1.5°C (SR15) here today. The latest science clearly shows our future is incompatible with fossil fuels.

With this stark evidence at hand, governments have no excuse but to put climate action at the front and centre of their national agendas. 
The unequivocal message from this report, based on more than 6,000 independent research papers, is that every half a degree of warming matters. Limiting warming to 1.5C is necessary possible and urgent. It is the only option for a safe, prosperous and just future, especially for those at the frontlines of impacts.

The report points that a radical transfrmation is needed to decarbonise by 2050, preferably sooner, given the scale of impacts even at one degree Celsius warming.
This assessment must spur the rapid switch to renewables across all sectors in the next decade driven by advances already underway in the real economy. The political will to heed the science and lead the transformational change we need to see will determine which side of history today’s leaders will stand on.

This IPCC report must be a concrete scientific input to get a decision from the Talanoa Dialogue at COP24 and influence a political outcome towards increased nationally determined contributions by 2020.   

Reactions from CAN members and partners:

“The IPCC report makes it clear: the world must come together now to take serious action to stop global warming. Developing countries are already disproportionately affected by climate change - it deprives the most vulnerable groups, particularly women and girls, from basic universal rights. CARE calls on governments, in particular, from developed countries and emerging economies, to accelerate climate action to reduce emissions now, not in 10 years. Ignoring the necessities for action that the IPCC report spells out is unacceptable.” -Caroline Kende-Robb, Secretary General, CARE International

“I fully understand the impressive needs for our countries and leaders to work towards a flourishing future, but to make sure that this future is as flourishing as we expect, we need to bear in mind that the earth has limited resources. Brothers in humanity, the Earth no longer has the time to see us negotiating indefinitely, it’s time to be attentive to its complaints and act accordingly. This Special IPCC report, entitled “Global Warming of 1.5ºC” will provide important information about the current status of climate change, as well as what the future might hold if our governments, businesses, and communities do not start implementing real climate solutions.  It’s definitely a reminder or even a distress signal for humankind survival.” - Moussa Elimane Sall, Executive Director of Plateforme Mauritanienne du Climat, Board Member & Regional Coordinator of CAN-ARAB-World

No more excuses, no more delay. That is the message this report has for the world. If we want to continue living on a planet that resembles the paradise we inhabit now, we must act immediately and without relent. Importantly, this report also tells us that we have the time and we have the means. 1.5°C is possible. So what’s holding us back from taking the action demanded of us? Short-sighted politics and the reckless self-interest of polluting industries. The science is clear and it has handed us a way forward: all of us must do all we can, all at the same time. -Catherine Abreu, Executive Director, Climate Action Network Canada

“Climate change has set our planet on fire, millions are already feeling the impacts, and the IPCC just showed that things can get much worse. The faster governments embrace the renewable energy revolution and move to protect communities at risk, the more lives and livelihoods will be spared.
“Every tenth of a degree of warming is a choice between life or death. We’re already witnessing the beginnings of massive displacement and a shocking rise in hunger, with women living in poverty suffering the most. It only gets worse from here.” -Raijeli Nicole, Regional Director for Oxfam in the Pacific

"Many extreme weather events in the U.S. and across the globe have been intensifying after just a one degree Celsius increase in the global average temperature. As the latest IPCC report shows us, at 1.5 degrees of warming further climate impacts will be devastating and at 2 degrees they would be calamitous. Every fraction of a degree of warming we can avoid matters. "Many extreme weather events in the U.S. and across the globe have been intensifying after just a one degree Celsius increase in the global average temperature. As the latest IPCC report shows us, at 1.5 degrees of warming further climate impacts will be devastating and at 2 degrees they would be calamitous. Every fraction of a degree of warming we can avoid matters.

“While nations offered plans in Paris to reduce their emissions, current pledges are nowhere near enough to meet the Paris Agreement’s principal goal. Even if nations live up to their commitments, the planet will still be on a path to warm about 3 degrees Celsius. This is unacceptable. If this report doesn’t convince each and every nation that their prosperity and security requires making transformational scientific, technological, political, social and economic changes to reach this monumental goal of staving off some of the worst climate change impacts, then I don’t know what will.

“Nations must now respond to the report by signalling their intention to increase their national emission reduction pledges under the Paris Agreement. At the annual UN climate talks in Poland this December, countries should commit to strengthen policies that cut global warming emissions, invest in measures to limit future climate risks, and do more to help communities cope with the climate impacts that are now unavoidable. In addition, wealthier nations that bear greater responsibility for the global warming problem need to ramp up financial and technology support for actions by developing nations, to help create a better world for all of us.” - Peter Frumhoff, Director of science and policy, Union of Concerned Scientists and a Former Lead Author, IPCC

“Science has given us a message of both urgency and hope. It has made it crystal clear that warming of more than 1.5°C would result in ever wilder extreme weather events. These in turn would expose us to greater drought, food shortages and economic devastation. The silver lining to the report is that we still have a chance to stay below 1.5°C, that solutions are within our reach and that it will help us build a safer, more prosperous Europe. The IPCC scientists are sending this message ahead of the all-important COP24 summit in Katowice this year, where governments are expected to commit to step up their climate targets. All eyes are on EU environment ministers now, who need to act on the IPCC warnings and commit to significantly increase the EU’s targets in line with a 1.5°C pathway. Staying below 1.5°C means Europe needs to drastically reduce emissions to reach net-zero by 2040 and this needs to be reflected in the new long-term climate strategy.” - Wendel Trio, Director of Climate Action Network (CAN) Europe

“This IPCC report makes clear the world’s current trajectory of global warming due to continuously rising greenhouse gas emissions is putting us on track for a rise of 3-4 degrees or more. Australia’s health professionals are declaring this report a public health warning. With just one degree of global warming we are already seeing devastating impacts. People are dying in extreme heatwaves, food production is threatened, massive ecosystems are breaking down. Continuing our current pathway will bring further catastrophic impacts for human populations, and dramatic losses of other species.” 
Collectively, we need to more than double the efforts being made globally to avoid a ‘hothouse Earth’ that will be incompatible with human civilisation. The stakes could not be higher."
“Limiting global warming is hard, but achievable. The sobering reality however is that even 1.5 degrees is too hot. Every fraction of a degree matters. We must cut emissions to zero and draw down carbon from the atmosphere. This report emphasises this needs to happen now - not in 10, 20 or 30 years - but right now.” - Fiona Armstrong, Founder and Executive Director, Climate and Health Alliance - Australia (CAHA)                                                                                               
The Special IPCC report, entitled “Global Warming of 1.5ºC” alert us on the importance of keeping the temperature rise below 1.5ºC. The adverse effects of climate change that range from the Arctic ice melt to the natural habitat destruction and the increase of disease burden won’t be confined to a certain country or region; it affects the world as a whole. Natural disasters and health problems severity increase with the temp increase. Therefore, the difference between warming of 1.5ºC and 2ºC has devastating effects on coral reefs, water availability, sea level rise and the intensity of extreme weather conditions. World leaders should collaborate with civil society, businesses and scientists to increase intentional cohesiveness, lowering their emission, raising their ambitions, increasing their climate target and reviewing their NDCs -Nouhad Awwad, National Coordinator, Arab Youth Climate Movement-Lebanon and Board Member, Mediterranean Youth Climate Network

"The day may come when the great title is "Save people from extinction" because the whole vital system is going to the abyss, If governments and local authorities all over the world do not do everything, they can for the planet that is our home. To this day, in our country, we see great words and plans on paper, but we are not actually doing the role that is imposed on us so that we do not exceed 1.5 degrees Celsius, which is also dangerous, specifically government and supporting agencies they must work with the most vulnerable communities in rural and remote areas, with the poor, women, refugees and others, and should listen to more realistic programs drawn from the harmony between these communities and groups with their environment and climate.
Talanoa dialogue is an important tool and event to observe and measure the abilities, the capacities and the main challenges that face those people to work with them closely in the future. This is an important for the biosphere to maintain its different characteristics and recover." - Hala Murad, President, Dibeen for Environmental Development, Jordan, Member of Arab CAN-Network

“0.5 degree seems small but will have a tremendous impact, especially on the lives of vulnerable people in low- and middle-income countries. These countries are already being hit by the consequences of climate change and lack the means to adapt. Whether people there live on an island or in (semi-)arid areas, climate change has already affected their lives severely. The report shows it is still doable, but the time to act decisively and together is now. And it will take a joint effort from governments, businesses, financial institutions and citizens to make the transition to a sustainable, low-carbon, and inclusive economy.

This is why we call for an unprecedented shift in these systems by speeding up our adoption of renewable energy solutions and promoting food systems built on diversity, soil health and zero-waste. Even if we manage to halt climate change at the 1.5°C threshold, change is already happening. That’s why we need to support local communities to adapt to climate change and to become more resilient. Governments must live up to their commitment to balance climate finance and deliver adaptation support to developing countries. Now is the time to be better safe than sorry!” - Carol Gribnau, Program Director Green department, Hivos

The IPCC has warned in all its reports that climate change will lead to adverse impacts on natural and human systems. IPCC Special Report “Global Warming of 1.5°C” gives strong insights why the 1.5°C aspirational target of the Paris Agreement should be taken very seriously; as climate threshold concludes that the risks for human well-being and livelihoods, ecosystem, food and water security, which are already serious today, will be critically higher at 1.5°C, and projected for further increase with every level of additional emission.
For the Arab Countries, despite the variation in climate action, but none of them adequately prepares for 1.5°C-consistent pathways and its associated risks. The key message for now is the urgent need of scaling-up NDC. Yes, there are institutional and procedural challenges, but there is also a hope a close this gap. In our region, climate change agenda hasn’t yet become the priority to bring the country on track of a 1.5°C-consistent pathway, including managing the climate risks. The majority of policy-makers still doesn’t see climate change as a threat, and most of them are not well aware of its consequences. The concept of sectoral interdependence should be mainstreamed when designing policies for mutually interdependent sectors. - Hamzeh Bany Yasin, Climate and Energy Policy Program Manager, Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung

The fossil fuel age has to end: that’s the message of today’s report. To have any chance of avoiding the chaos, droughts and rising tides of 1.5 degrees or more of global warming, we must massively and speedily transform our society to kick our fossil fuel addiction. "The EU must do its fair share, beginning with completely stopping funding for fossil fuels and switching to 100% renewables by 2030. Currently Europe is far off track.

"A safer, fairer and cleaner fossil-free Europe is possible, and communities are showing us the way – from resisting dirty energy projects everywhere, to installing community owned renewable energy schemes."This is a climate emergency - for many around the world preventing climate catastrophe and temperature rises exceeding 1.5 degrees is a matter of life and death. Only radical system change offers a pathway towards hope and out of despair. We want a just transition to a clean energy system that benefits people, not corporations." - Jagoda Munić, Director of Friends of the Earth Europe

"Based on the results of excellent scientific work in the last years the IPCC shows in its Special Report on 1.5°C that and how the ambitious 1.5°C-goal of the Paris Agreement can be achieved.To arrive at the necessary net zero emissions before 2050, the IPCC scenarios show that strong emission reductions until 2030 are needed. This means that NDCs have to be strengthened and that industrialised countries like Germany must decide soon to phase out coal until 2030." - Manfred Treber, Climate and Transport Adviser, Germanwatch

"We are living in an urban era, and the 1.5-degree target can only be reached if local and regional leaders work with citizens to adopt sustainable lifestyles and build robust frameworks to ensure city efforts are supported and coordinated across all levels of government. The release of the IPCC report coincides with the adoption of the Global Research and Action Agenda on Cities and Climate Change Science and a year in which all levels of government and climate stakeholders are coming together through Talanoa Dialogues to shape climate policy. This moves us in the right direction. With this, urban climate science will play an increasingly important role in shaping climate action, integrating sustainable urban and territorial development into climate policy and supporting a global transformation to achieve the 1.5-degree target.” -Yunus Arikan, Head of Global Policy and Advocacy at ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability

"The IPCC Report underlines the need for all governments to step up the climate ambition of existing targets so they align with the Paris Agreement and support the achievement of the SDGs. Every country must put a date on phasing out fossil fuel emissions and subsidies so that we can achieve net zero emissions not later than 2050.- Farhana Yamin, CEO, Track 0

“Climate action is all about opportunities for health: decarbonising our lives is entirely possible and will make this world a healthier, more prosperous and sustainable place. Ensuring a limit of 1.5 degree Celsius instead of 2 would mean less health-threatening extreme weather events, chronically ill people, less hospital admissions, less deaths and less financial burden on our societies.” - Anne Stauffer, Director for Strategy and Campaigns at the Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL)

“The IPCC report clearly demonstrates that we can still limit temperature increases to 1.5°C and thereby avoid entering a climate era unprecedented in human experience. To do so, we must act with urgency to bring about deep emissions cuts. Governments at this December’s UN climate negotiations must sign up to increasing their climate ambition by 2020: to not do so would be a dereliction of duty towards all humanity, especially the poorest and most vulnerable, and to all life on earth. Not every pathway to achieve the goal is sustainable, however: governments must also choose to avoid false solutions, like geoengineering, to the climate threat and instead promote approaches that safeguard and promote a better quality of life for all.” - Kat Kramer, Christian Aid’s Global Lead, Climate Change

“The report highlights the urgent need for support to poor and vulnerable countries. The EU and its member states must live up to the promises about climate finance, and especially scale up the support to adaptation, which until now has not been prioritised. There is no time to waste!”  - Mattias Söderberg, Senior Advocacy Advisor, DanChurchAid (Denmark)

“Limiting global warming to 1.5°C requires a radical change that we must undertake soon. We must completely shift to renewable energies following the principles of equity and sufficiency. The food sector needs to move towards agroecology and guarantee the right to food for all. The whole economy should embrace a post-growth model and Europe should lead the way in this, if wanting to prove climate leadership in meeting its international commitments.”  - Giulia Bondi, Climate Justice and Energy Officer, CIDSE

“The new IPCC report reaffirms the need to step-up climate action if we are to cap the global temperature rise under 1.5°C. The consequences of a 1.5°C warming would still be significant and will impact millions of lives. The successful fulfilment of this commitment relies on us, as a collective, to take the appropriate decisions and translate those into action as soon as we can. Let's also not forget that effective climate action brings about positive spill-overs to efforts aiming to reduce inequalities worldwide. Youth will be bearing most of the consequences of inaction. Now is the time to act!” - Sofia Kabbej, Advocacy Director, CliMates (youth network)

“The science in the IPCC report on 1.5°C speaks for itself. Staying under 1.5°C is now a matter of political will. Burying our heads in the sand cannot be contemplated as an option any longer. The climate crisis is here and already impacting the most vulnerable and the least responsible for creating it. The only way to achieve it is to stop all fossil fuel extraction and redirect the massive resources currently spent on the fossil fuel economy towards the renewable energy transition.” Payal Parekh, Programme Director, 350.org

“Every half-a-degree matters to people and nature - this is the reality of our warming world. The report is a call to action to accelerate the low-carbon transition needed across all sectors such as energy, transport, and food. Without rapid and deep cuts to global carbon emissions we face more severe impacts to ecosystems, from coral reefs to Arctic sea ice, putting more vulnerable communities and wildlife at risk. We expected tough negotiations on this landmark report and we are happy that governments have delivered a good reflection of the underlying science. Current country pledges to cut emissions are insufficient to limit global warming to 1.5°C and you can’t negotiate with science.” Stephen Cornelius, WWF Chief Adviser on climate change

“The Special Report clearly shows the urgency of the Paris Agreement’s goal to limit global warming to 1.5°C. We’re already seeing serious impacts at 1°C. The science is clear that 1.5°C degrees will mean more droughts, floods and other extreme weather, and that the impacts will be even more catastrophic at 2°C degrees.

“The good news is that 1.5°C is still achievable, but only if we acknowledge that business as usual is no longer acceptable.
“Next week ActionAid, along with colleagues in the CLARA network, will release a report showing the huge potential for the right kind of action in the land sector to help meet the 1.5°C goal. Transforming to sustainable production methods, changing diets, protecting forests and safeguarding the rights of indigenous peoples would make a much greater contribution to the 1.5°C goal than has previously been recognised. Addressing harmful consumption patterns must be a key part of the picture.
“The barriers to staying under 1.5°C are not technical, but political. Governments of polluting countries must take home the message that they need to re-order their priorities and take much more action if they are going to keep their citizens and planet safe.”
“Relying on large-scale negative emission technologies would be a dangerous gamble we must not take.  While some negative emissions are needed, betting on unproven and harmful technologies to remove huge amounts of emissions from the atmosphere in the future. If these technologies do not work at the hoped-for scale, it will be too late to undo the damage. The world will have locked in additional warming and related impacts.
“We strongly oppose the use of Bioenergy with Carbon Capture and Storage, or BECCS. This technology is both unproven to work at scale and relies on the myth that bioenergy is carbon neutral, meaning it won’t offer any real climate benefit.

A climate pathway that puts land needed for food and forests over to BECCS would mean betting on unproven and harmful technologies to remove emissions from the atmosphere in the future, sacrificing the very people the 1.5°C goal was supposed to protect. That BECCS remains one of the main negative emissions technologies considered in climate pathways is unacceptable.”
“We’ll have a far better chance of making the 1.5°C goal if we take action to avoid emissions now by pursuing solutions that we already know can work, such as transforming our food systems and diets, and halting deforestation.” -Kelly Stone, Senior Policy Analyst, ActionAid USA

“The IPCC report is a sobering reminder that we’re still not on track to achieve the goals outlined in the Paris Agreement.  If we’re serious about keeping global warming well below 2 degrees and striving for no more than 1.5 degrees, we cannot afford further delay.”  “In addition to making deep cuts to global emissions, we need to increase efforts to remove carbon from the atmosphere. The best way to do that is to protect, restore and sustainably manage our forests, grasslands and wetlands.” - Will McGoldrick, Global Climate Strategy Director, The Nature Conservancy

“This new report makes it clearer than ever that we’re in the race of our lives. Our fate – and the fate of our children – is in our hands. We can make decisions that protect our communities, our children, and future generations, or we can pass on a world far different and more damaged than the one we inherited. It’s time to cut climate pollution, make clean energy abundant and accessible to all, and protect the world’s tropical forests that store enormous amounts of carbon. As the report makes clear, the stakes could not be higher. Even as President Trump seeks to take the U.S. backward, the rest of America – and the rest of the world – is moving ahead. The clear benefits of limiting global warming laid out in this report should inspire us to double down on our fight to provide a safe planet for our children and future generations.” -Nathaniel Keohane, Senior Vice President for Climate at Environmental Defense Fund

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IPCC 1.5°C Report: “With evidence from science, governments will have nowhere to hide”

The report, expected to serve as a 'rescue plan for humanity',  will show 1.5°C is the new 2°C in terms of impacts and provide detailed signposts for policymakers on pathways to limit warming to 1.5°C   

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04 October, Incheon: Civil society representatives at a press conference here by Climate Action Network highlighted the significance of the discussions underway in South Korea on the most definitive scientific assessment on climate change by the IPCC on the 1.5°C temperature limit as enshrined in the Paris Agreement.
The report will provide detailed signposts that can guide policymakers on pathways to limit global warming to 1.5°C. The summary for policymakers, currently under negotiations, is expected to be approved on 8 October and will summarise the nearly 1000-page report.

This report comes at a time when the world is witnessing extreme weather events that are causing wide-scale destruction with alarming consequences even at 1°C warming. Every half a degree matters and the current collective climate commitments, which put us on a 3°C warming pathway, are nowhere near scaling down to a safe zone of 1.5°C. 
The 1.5°C goal is a lifeline for those on the frontlines of impacts and is critical for the protection of fragile ecosystems many of which will be irreversibly lost even at 2°C warming.

Jennifer Morgan, Executive Director, Greenpeace International, said:

 “We must remember Parties requested this report in 2015 and they must own it. This IPCC report is set to outline a rescue plan for humanity. It will shine a light on what needs to happen and what we’ll suffer if we fail to act quickly enough. Those leaders who stand up, listen to the science and take action will be remembered as the moral authorities of their time. Given the evidence from science, countries must raise their national climate targets in line with a 1.5C pathway."

"We need new climate leadership. This report is not about politics, it is a scientific report and we need leaders who are guided by science. Governments really will have nowhere to hide with this evidence.”

She added she was hopeful and inspired by people taking action locally and climate justice groups such as in the Philippines demanding more from their governments.

Christopher Weber, Lead Scientist, WWF Climate and Energy Programme, said:

"New science shows that in many ways 1.5°C is the new 2°C in terms of impacts we are seeing and what we can expect. Delivering on the 1.5°C will require massive transformations in our societies which will only get harder and riskier the longer we wait and  if we fail to increase climate ambition in the near term."

"The IPCC report will provide clarity to governments and the most important underlying message is that to reach the 1.5°C temperature limit we need rapid and deep decarbonisation by 2050 but preferably by 2040 across sectors and specifically in our energy and land use systems. The difference between 1.5°C being feasible or not feasible is in many ways down to mpolitical will."

Raijeli Nicole, Regional Director, Oxfam in the Pacific, said:

“The countries most vulnerable to climate change are boldly leading and we only have to see the declarations from the Republic of the Marshall Islands and Fiji to increase their nationally determined contributions, on the sidelines of the recent One Planet Summit in New York. We ask that other countries step up ambition.

Speaking from the Solomon Islands, she added that the IPCC report must be a concrete scientific input into the Talanoa Dialogue at COP24, which is at its heart is about an open and honest conversation and identifying the barriers to climate action. “This is not aspirational talk, it (the Talanoa Dialogue) must consider the report seriously and use it as a tool that we can all work with collectively.”

“Also, it is not just the energy sector we need to focus on but all sectors (maritime, aviation, land and agriculture) and how they can be managed with interactions between adaptation, mitigation and sustainable development to keep us in the 1.5°C zone.”

While the speakers could not comment on the content of the draft report under discussions and the political dynamics at play in the negotiations, they all reiterated that politics cannot come in the way of science and every half a degree matters in this race against time with climate change.  

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For more information: contact Dharini Parthasarathy, Senior Communications Coordinator, Climate Action Network International; email:
dparthasarathy@climatenetwork.org, or whatsapp (Indian number) +918826107830  and call (US number) +19292782829

 

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