ECOLOGICAL DEBT, ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE & CLIMATE CHANGE
The ADC campaign puts a spotlight on private companies that invest in coal and fossil fuels, and the banks and financial institutions that fund them despite calls for keeping the Earth’s temperature at livable levels. We call on companies that continue to invest in dirty energy to make a #TotalCoalExitNow.
In Asia, agriculture remains the main form of productive economic activity, relied upon for livelihoods by an estimated 2.2 billion people. The sector continues to serve as a major source of food and feed crops, not only in countries across Asia but the whole world.
The review compares the initial climate action pledges, called Intended Nationally Determined Contributions, of countries to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change to their actual fair share of climate action.
Based on Asian Conference on Energy and Asian Climate Justice Assembly Discussions
The World Bank further elbowed its way into the climate change negotiations and infrastructure when in 2010, the 16th Conference of Parties of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) invited the World Bank to serve as the interim trustee of its Green Climate Fund, the operating entity that will manage the financial mechanisms of the Convention.
The Stockholm Environment Institute has recently issued a report that examines four detailed studies of countries’ mitigation pledges under the Cancun Agreements, for the purpose of comparing developed (Annex 1) country pledges to developing (non-Annex 1) country pledges.
Robust mandates already exist to conclude negotiations covering 100% of global emissions. In Bali, in 2007, the world agreed to a negotiating roadmap that consisted of three essential pillars: a second commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol for developed countries; a compromise for the United States; as well as developing country action backed by finance, technology and capacity building.
It’s a planetary and humanitarian emergency… The world is already reeling from major humanitarian emergencies exacerbated by climate change: floods in Thailand and Pakistan, landslides from extreme rains in many Latin American countries, and the multi-year drought in the Horn of Africa that threatens the lives of millions.
Climate change is a grave and urgent threat to life on earth on a global scale. The challenge is great, but greater still for countries of the South and the majority of the peoples of the South who stand to bear the brunt of its most harmful consequences because of accumulated economic and social vulnerabilities throughout history till the present.
People and communities throughout the global South need hundreds of billions of dollars each year to deal with the impacts of climate change, build resiliency and adopt alternative development pathways. The cost of compensation for past, present, and future damages due to climate change will only grow if, in addition, the necessary measures are not taken in the industrialized countries to make a just transition to equitable, non-fossil fuel based economies.
A wealthy minority of the world’s countries and corporations are the principal cause of climate change; its adverse effects fall first and foremost on the majority that is poor. This basic and undeniable truth forms the foundation of!the global climate justice movement. – The climate debt primer
We believe that solving the climate crisis and injustice – requires basic transformation of the global system – economic, political, socio-cultural. Given the narrow window of time to prevent catastrophic, irreversible consequences of the climate crisis – we must work even harder to hasten the process of profound social transformation, relying first and foremost on the collective strength, action and solidarity of peoples’ movements within our countries and across borders.