The global average temperature of the planet is 1.1 degrees higher than the pre-industrial average and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) warns that it is on track to exceed 3 °C by 2030, double the 1.5 °C that limits established by the Paris Agreement, which have serious effects and will trigger climate displacement. “We are at a decisive moment, because the window for action is closing,” said Marga González.
–Is the climate emergency the great challenge of the 21st century?
-Of course, the climate emergency threatens the enjoyment of civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights of present and future generations. When the effects of climate change hit a country or a community, the collateral effects can seriously undermine the enjoyment of a decent life, endanger various freedoms and, in many cases case, the cultural survival of the whole people.
–Are climate displaced people the faces of the failure of climate policies?
– The efforts of the states to solve the
Climate change remains below what is needed to avoid the most damaging impacts on ecosystems and people. Many governments, especially those in nations and countries with historical responsibility for the climate crisis, still lack the political will to take the bold and unprecedented actions that scientists say are necessary. . Of the G20 countries, which together account for 80% of global greenhouse gas emissions, only 7 presented UN targets to reduce emissions by 2030. Greenhouse gas emissions continued to grow between 2010 and 2019. While the lockdown measures in many countries in the response to the pandemic of COVID-19 are temporarily reduced
emissions in 2020, without any significant impact on the fight against climate change. A rapid transition is needed to protect people’s human rights from the worst impacts of climate change, and a
The transition is only necessary to ensure that the decarbonization process brings real positive change for all people, without discrimination.
– And civil society?
–Companies have a responsibility to evaluate the impact of their activities on human rights, implement measures to prevent negative effects and make public that information and efforts. On the other hand, we ask everyone to mobilize and ask governments and companies to respect human rights. You can sign the action “The climate crisis is a human rights crisis!” on our website, which is aimed at everyone. measures to prevent the climate crisis. In addition, it should be emphasized that individual behavioral changes are a complement, but not a substitute, for the actions of governments and companies.