The Earth’s climate is destabilizing and the planet is in crisis.
· Scientists predict that about 625,000 people will die each year from now until 2020 by causes driven by climate change.
· Many mountain glaciers, which act as source of water for millions of people, have significantly retreated. Changes in rain-fall patterns, due to climate change, are causing even greater water-stress particularly in Western Africa and South Asia.
· There is 80% less Arctic-sea ice today than in 1950. The melting of ice causes sea-level rise, threatening 600 million people living less than 10 meters above sea-level and coastal cities such as Mumbai, Shanghai, Manila, Rio de Janeiro, New York, Istanbul and 7 more of the world’s 20 biggest cities.
· The increase of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere is causing ocean acidification. Some oceans are now 30% more acidic than normal, harming ocean habitats like coral reefs and destroying fish stocks. Increased ocean temperature also reduces growth-size of fish. At least 1 billion people rely on fish for food and livelihoods.
· Crop-yields are diminishing. It is also estimated that climate-related food price hikes since 2005 have pushed more than 105 million people into poverty.
These are some of the impacts from a 0.8° Celsius rise in the earth’s average temperature since 1900. If current modes of production and consumption continue, even with the so-called ‘climate action’ promised by governments, we are on track to risk 5°C of warming. This will radically change the surface of the planet, collapsing the systems we rely on for life.
Addressing the climate crisis requires profound social transformation in all countries and at all levels – local, national and global. It requires a rapid shift to systems of production and consumption that are compatible with the limits of the planet and aimed at meeting the needs of people rather than the relentless pursuit of profit. It requires immediate action by those responsible for climate change to make deep cuts in their greenhouse gas emissions and to stop false solutions such as offsets and carbon trading, and to mobilize finance and technology for peoples and countries most affected by climate change.
These will not happen without massive mobilization of people everywhere south and north. What we have done thus far have fallen short of overcoming the persistent refusal by powerful elites, corporations and governments to meet their responsibility and obligations and their efforts to stand in the way of social change.
We need to step up our efforts to build and exercise the power of collective action, in different forms at various fronts and arenas, at a scale never seen before. We need to build our capacity for globally coordinated mobilizations during critical political moments -- progressively increasing the number of people mobilized, expanding the numbers of countries and cities participating, raising the scale, intensity and boldness of our actions, developing our strength and power to prevent planetary catastrophe.
Let us begin now!
Join the Global Week of Action for Climate justice on November 12 -18, 2012!
As governments prepare to gather in Doha for the COP 18 climate negotiations, we urge you to do any one or more of the following:
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