Nothing less than a systemic transformation of our societies, our economies, and our world will suffice to solve the climate crisis and close the ever-increasing inequality gap.
After over 20 years of stunted and ineffective action to reduce climate pollution by governments – particularly in wealthy countries that have failed to meet their legal and moral responsibilities – only urgent and transformative and systemic change that can address the root causes of the crisis and deliver what is needed to keep global temperature rise below 1.5 degrees Celsius, the limit beyond which climate impacts will become potentially catastrophic.
The urgency to keep temperatures down is not just about the planet and the environment. It is about people, and our capacity as humanity to secure safe and dignified lives for all.
MANILA, 30 June 2015 – A broad alliance of Southern social movements and international organizations sent a joint statement calling for climate justice to the heads of the recently-concluded United Nations climate meeting in New York.
Yesterday’s high-level event was convened by the UN general assembly ahead of the Paris climate talks in December, in which almost 200 countries are expected to agree on a new climate deal.
The Asian Peoples’ Movement on Debt and Development (APMDD) co-authored the “People’s Test on Climate in 2015” statement with ActionAid International, Bolivian Platform for Climate Action, CIDSE (International Cooperation for Development and Solidarity), Environmental Rights Action/Oil Watch, Friends of the Earth International, Greenpeace International, International Trade Union Confederation, LDC [Least Developed Countries] Watch International, Mesoamerican Campaign for Climate Justice, Oxfam International, Pan-African Climate Justice Alliance, and 350.org.
“Despite initiatives like the New York meeting, we are not on track to averting the climate crisis, much less delivering justice for peoples already impacted by climate change,” said Lidy Nacpil, APMDD coordinator.
“The much-awaited Paris summit must catalyze substantive emissions reductions; provide adequate funds and technology to developing countries; deliver on adaptation, loss and damage, and a just job transition; and focus on renewable and efficient solutions rather than false solutions such as carbon markets and geo-engineering,” she added.
“The scale of transformation the world needs to address the climate crisis, as well as the urgency with which this transformation must happen, is huge,” the heads of the organizations stated in a letter to the president of the UN General Assembly and the Peruvian and French ministers who are shepherding the UN climate talks. “The solidarity between our groups and those sharing our struggles will grow, and with it our power. We will be watching, in Paris in December and well beyond.”
The full “People’s Test on Climate in 2015” statement can be accessed here.
The Asian Peoples’ Movement on Debt and Development (formerly Jubilee South–Asia Pacific Movement on Debt and Development) is a regional alliance of peoples' movements and organizations, coalitions, and nongovernmental organizations.
We believe in peoples’ right to energy to be able meet their basic needs and the realization of their basic human rights -- right to a life of dignity and well-being, the rights to food and water, to livelihoods, to education, health, housing, the right to safety and security, the right to reproductive justice, the equal treatment and non-discrimination, the right to information, to the right to political participation and civil and political liberties among others
The right to energy goes hand in hand with the right of communities and people -- women and men -- to democratic stewardship and management of the commons, of energy systems, regardless of geographic location and without prejudice to class, caste, ethnicity/race, gender, sexual orientation and gender identity expressions. Religion, age, being differently-abled.
The state has the duty and obligation to its citizens to ensure the fulfillment of the right to energy.
The right to energy should be realized in a just and sustainable manner that is compatible with the limits of the planet, the environment and ecosystems.
The right to energy must be exercised in a manner that recognizes and upholds energy sources are part of the “commons” which should not be owned and controlled by a few nor used and abused for private gain and accumulation of private profit.
The delivery of climate finance for developing countries is one of the commitments and obligations of developed country governments under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and is one of the pillars of the Bali Road Map agreed during the UNFCCC Conference of Parties held here in Bali in December 2007.
Climate Finance is urgently needed to enable developing countries to deal with the impacts of climate change, build climate resilience, and shift to low carbon development pathways.
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