Amidst rising climate disasters activists lay out a vision for the #WorldWeWant
14 October 2020
|All governments must protect their citizens from disease and disasters and submit ambitious climate action plans before the end of the year
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12 October 2020: Against the backdrop of an intensifying climate crisis, Climate Action Network (CAN) today launched the #WorldWeWant Campaign on Climate Impacts. The campaign will highlight the voices of affected communities and the consequences of inaction on the climate crisis to sustain pressure on governments to deliver on radical climate ambition. Leading up to the 5th Anniversary of the Paris Agreement on December 12, CAN and partners will produce a series of short films from grassroots communities around the world.
2020 is earmarked as the year for climate ambition – when all countries are expected to submit ambitious national climate action plans to cut emissions to put the world on a 1.5ºC pathway and provide the support for communities to adapt to the effects of climate change. Till date, only 13 countries – representing a mere 3.6% of global emissions – have submitted updated national climate plans.
The coronavirus pandemic might have disrupted momentum on climate action but the climate crisis has not abated. Major emitters and rich countries in particular cannot use this pandemic as an excuse to delay delivering on their climate obligations which is a matter of survival for the most vulnerable countries.
This week marks the start of key multilateral discussions that can have great impact on climate finance and ambition, including the World Bank and International Monetary Fund Meetings (12 October); G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors’ meetings (14 October); and the European Council (15 October).
We call on governments to follow the lead of least developed countries and deliver concrete outcomes and decisions and prepare to submit substantially updated national climate targets by the end of 2020.
We also call on global finance institutions and rich countries to shift financial flows from fossil fuels and support poor countries in developing cleaner economic pathways and invest in plans and policies that build resilience and protect people from climate impacts. Rich governments must invest in economic stimulus packages that secure a just and sustainable recovery from COVID-19 to achieve equity and fairness.
Nisreen Elsaim, United Nations Secretary General Youth Advisor on Climate Change, said:
Today, under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, the Executive Committee for the Warsaw International Mechanism on Loss and Damage met. However these discussions are falling short from delivering anything beyond technical issues. We need such discussions to pave the way for concrete outcomes, including a separate finance mechanism addressing Loss and Damage.”
Sohanur Rahman, Fridays For Future Bangladesh Founder, said:
Climate finance should not be about loans, charity and donations, this is not just. Climate finance should be about compensation. The polluters who caused the climate crisis have a responsibility to compensate and unconditionally relieve debt for low-income countries, who owe trillions of dollars to rich economies, to help them recover from the ongoing pandemic.”
“We are fighting back, we are striking and making our demands clear. We are not voiceless but our voices are unheard. Our media is not reporting our strikes. Young people alone cannot secure the future of the planet. We need solidarity from everyone to change this broken system, especially the media. We want them to focus on coastal people´s needs, vulnerability, demands resilience, adaptive capacity and their local solutions.”
Sarah Diendorf, Director of Environmental Finance Center in Oakland, California, said:
Vladimir Slivyak co-chairman of the Russian environmental group “Ecodefense,” said:
However, public opinion still matters in Russia. With enough awareness through efforts such as CAN´s #WorldWeWant campaign, we may be able to build public pressure and garner the political will needed to tip things over.”
Sarah Diendorf, Director of the Environmental Finance Center West (California, USA)
ABOUT THE CAMPAIGN:Overview of the campaignCampaign Teaser by CAN´s Executive Director Tasneem EssopCampaign websiteCampaign videosThe story of impacts in the Philippines has already been released today
Upcoming videos:14 October – Germany Islanders in Langeoog, Germany, are already affected by rising sea levels. They are asking the European Union to increase its ambition and action on climate change and fulfill the promises it made by ratifying the Paris Agreement, demanding that the EU provides support for the vulnerable communities in the region to adapt to climate impacts and deal with Loss and Damage. (Download|Youtube|Twitter|Instagram)16 October – Costa Rica An Afro-Caribbean community on the coast of Limón, Costa Rica, faces sea-level rise that causes erosion and salinization of water sources, threatening the wellbeing and health of communities. This short film shows how the local ecosystem is threatened with the uncertainty of the seasons, drought, loss of corals and fisheries, and loss of ancestral land due to coastal erosion. (Download|Youtube|Twitter|Instagram)Soon: Sweden, Morocco, Niger, Mozambique, Niger, Uganda, US, UK, Tanzania, and others
|About the campaign Launching on 12 October, the CAN #WorldWeWant Campaign on Climate Impacts is a collective effort that will continue until the UNFCCC COP27. Through a series of short films produced locally by impacted communities around the world, we will bring attention to the climate crisis to push governments to invest in building resilience, adaptation and addressing Loss and Damage. www.climatenetwork.org/worldwewant
About CAN The Climate Action Network (CAN) is a worldwide network of over 1300 Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) in more than 130 countries fighting the climate crisis. sustainable levels. www.climatenetwork.org
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