World leaders fail to heed climate change warning

18 December 2018

young CAFOD climate campaigners at COP24

CAFOD climate campaigners marching at COP24

World leaders failed to listen to the cries of the poor and those on the front line of the climate crisis at COP 24 UN climate talks in Katowice, Poland. CAFOD believes countries’ efforts so far has been inadequate to the challenge in front of all of us.

Whilst the UN summit in Katowice, Poland agreed on most of the fundamental aspects to implement the Paris Agreement, the responses to the urgent and vital questions on increasing governments ambitions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions did not match the scale of the problem.

We call for urgent action from governments on climate justice

At COP 24, the leaders achieved the minimum of what is needed, but it is no way near what is required. The message before this COP from scientists, from poor communities across the world and from CAFOD supporters and Church leaders was that we need immediate and transforming action to keep global warming below 1.5°C.  The IPCC report (An historic report has set out how we can avoid pushing millions of people into poverty – but only if governments and individuals take immediate action to tackle climate change) released in October from the leading scientists was clear and unequivocal on the need for urgent action and increased ambition.

We need to listen to developing countries

Neil Thorns, Advocacy Director of CAFOD, said, “Once again, leaders have ignored the science and the urgent cries of the poorest communities who are on the front line. Governments must go home, raise the ambition in their national plans and bring them to the UN Secretary General summit in September. As we’ve heard often in the last two weeks, tomorrow is today - we cannot wait.”

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