Global temperatures have already risen to 1.1C (compared to 1850s levels) and are rapidly heading towards 1.5C, according to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). As the window for action is closing, we are getting dangerously close to temperature levels, causing extreme weather events that will put everyone and everything on this planet at life-threatening risk. Communities on the frontlines are experiencing climate devastation on an unprecedent scale. Support for victims of climate damages must be a key outcome from this COP27 in Sharm El Sheikh in Egypt.
“This COP is happening on African soil- right on the frontlines. African priorities on climate finance, loss and damage finance and climate adaptation must be front and centre of the outcomes from COP27“
– Tasneem Essop, CAN Executive Director
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COP27 MUST DELIVER ON LOSS & DAMAGE FINANCE
Loss and Damage – the impacts of climate change that were not averted or minimized through adaptation and mitigation activities – is already a lived reality for people around the world, violating their human rights and displacing more than 30 million people in 2020 alone. Poor and vulnerable countries and communities are least responsible for climate change but are already facing the majority of its negative impacts, in the form of both extreme weather events like hurricanes, and floods and slow onset processes such as sea-level rise.
Read here the Executive Summary of the ´The Loss and Damage Finance Facility: Why and How´
See here the ´Tell Us Who´ song, created to speak up on Loss and Damage.
Engaging in our collective action
There are many ways you can engage in COP27 as part of the civil society whether you are in Egypt or not. CAN uses a variety of political advocacy and communication tools and campaigns, established over the last three decades, to influence world leaders, negotiators and other officials. Find out more on how you, too, can take part in fighting for the best outcomes from COP27:
Ending Fossil Fuels and Delivering Justice
CAN engages through the Working Groups to plan and implement its strategy on a variety of issues pertaining to the COP negotiations such as on: finance, ambition, adaptation, Loss & Damage, carbon markets, ecosystems and many others.
Check out the CAN Annual Policy Document which outlines our key policy asks You may also refer to this pre-COP briefing.
Solidarity for Climate Justice
By focusing on the needs of communities most impacted by the climate crisis, CAN works with its members, partners, coalitions and other constituencies of the UNFCCC process to ensure the best possible outcomes COP27. As accredited civil society observers to the negotiations, members of the network identify, monitor and shape the course of climate negotiations with a view to ensure that governments are accountable to deliver on the most ambitious and far-reaching commitments that addresses the climate crisis for the people and most vulnerable communities. Know more about our key allies and how you can be in solidarity with them:
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