The truth is out, and it is as inconvenient and frightening as many expected it would be. The report released by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in August 2021 about the effects of climate change and the undeniable role humanity has played in the rising of global temperature shook the world. But a large part of the world has already been shaken. Hard.
Climate change concerns every single person on the planet. But its causes and effects are unevenly spread. The people who are contributing least to climate change suffer the most. They live in poverty-stricken and fragile parts of the world. Confronted with natural hazards and disasters, they bear the brunt of the world’s most polluting economies – and with fewer means to respond and adapt to climate change. It is not only morally right to support these people; it is also mandatory under international law, as declared by the UN Human Rights Council in October 2021. Having a clean, healthy, and sustainable environment is a human right.
Read more about our plea to act now and fight climate change in our policy brief.