How the countries most vulnerable to climate change are leading the way
The Climate Vulnerable Forum Virtual Summit being held on November 22, 2018 is the first of its kind, an opportunity for national leaders to stand in solidarity with those that are most vulnerable to the growing impacts of climate change, and reinforce efforts to limit global warming to 1.5 °C.
The nearly zero emissions summit will take place entirely online and heads of government will join through live-streamed or by pre-recorded video pieces. The audience will be made up of governments, global companies, cities, states, civil society, and media and be able to interact with the summit. The event will include plenary statements and thematic discussions on key topics each convened by leading organizations.
The summit is being convened by the Marshall Islands a country in which climate change is not a distant danger but is happening now. The islands are already threatened by rising sea levels, flooding, and contamination of freshwater supplies. The 48 Countries that make up the CVF are already suffering grave impacts with only 1˚C warming – sea-level rise causing flooding that claims lives, ravages property and homes, and sets back the economy. They are also experiencing devastating heat waves, droughts, monster hurricanes and other forms of extreme weather. Torrential rains triggered landslides and flooding killed more than 1,000 people and affected 41 million more in India, Bangladesh, and Nepal. The secondary impacts of these devastating events are resulting in forced displacement, disease, and economic devastation.
The scientific report by the IPCC report released in October was a wake-up call for our governments and the rest of the planet. The only way to prevent the world from warming over 1.5°C will be through a very rapid phase-out of all fossil fuels, coupled with an equally rapid uptake of renewable energy and, ultimately a systemic shift in our societies.
The 2018 CVF Summit has been organized as part of the Talanoa Dialogue, an agreed mechanism for the promotion of enhanced national action by all nations that participated in the 2015 Paris Climate summit. Talanoa is a traditional word used in Fiji and across parts of the Pacific to reflect a process of collaborative, inclusive, participatory and transparent dialogues. The purpose of Talanoa is to share stories, build empathy and to make wise decisions for the collective good. The CVF 2108 summit is building on this.
350.org along with its local and global partners are campaigning fiercely to keep fossil fuels in the ground to make staying at 1.5 possible and avoid irreversible and catastrophic climate change. From Bangladesh to Kenya, the US to Italy, campaigners across the globe are stopping millions of tonnes of carbon emissions from going into the atmosphere and contributing to rising temperatures.
“Having identified 16 countries on the African continent as being climate vulnerable, and with the increasing investment of fossil fuels into Africa, this is a real cause for concern. Coal fired power stations, and their emissions are the primarily responsible for climate change. As we ponder the dichotomous relationship between development and access to energy, we urge governments to consider to dire implications that real people face when disaster strikes.” Landry Nintereste, Africa Team Leader, 350.org
#ThriveSurvive and #1.5 are the hashtags we are using to show our solidarity. Make your own post. Stand with the Marshall Islands and call our nation’s leaders to stand up and take bolder action on climate change. .
via 350.org – Movement Dispatches and Climate News http://350.org