Climate Change is the greatest public interest story of our time

 

The Biggest Challenge of Our Times

 

ElectricAid is mainstreaming environmental concerns into our evaluation of our funding. Climate Change affects the Developing World disproportionately – yet the Developing World has done the least to bring it about. Together, the entire world community has a best (and last?) chance to take real sustained action – today in Paris. See press release from Dóchas below…

 

Climate Change is the greatest public interest story of our time 

The Climate Conference in Paris, beginning today, will determine the future of people and planet for generations to come

Decisions made at the Paris Climate Conference will have repercussions for people all over the world. The conference, beginning today (Monday 30th November) presents a unique opportunity for the world. If successful, this could be the generation to end extreme poverty and tackle climate chaos.

In order for this to happen, Ireland must play its part. Irish leaders and representatives at the Paris Climate Conference (COP21) must champion a binding and universal international agreement. The agreement should set legally binding and ambitious targets for countries to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and tackle climate change.

Climate change disproportionately affects the world’s poorest populations. Therefore it is essential that any agreement reached in Paris is grounded in human rights and that sufficient financial assistance is provided to developing countries to combat climate change. Climate Change is already having a very real impact on communities around the world, with rising sea levels, extreme weather, drought, and a lack of resources and

arable land pushing people further into poverty. NGOs work to support vulnerable communities impacted by the effects of climate change.

The refugee crisis in recent times has been the biggest humanitarian disaster since the Second World War. Though there are many variables in this crisis, climate change is one of the root causes which affects mass migration and this must be addressed.

Earlier this year world leaders reached agreement on the Sustainable Development Goals which aim to eradicate extreme poverty and tackle climate chaos by the year 2030. Ireland proved itself as a capable world leader in this respect, acting as co-facilitator to achieve this momentous global agreement. However, a binding agreement in Paris will prove crucial to the success of achieving this aim.

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