Young Children & Citizens demand Declaration of Climate Emergency and Climate Crises
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With record temperatures gripping Europe, widespread drought in South America, and ever-decreasing ice coverage in Greenland, floods in some parts of India and draught in other parts of India, the effects of climate change are being felt globally. As some nations drag their feet on enacting environmental policies or are slowed down by politics, some cities worldwide are taking matters in their own hands and declaring the climate emergency.
Worst climate catastrophes in the making
World food production decline, affecting almost all main producing regions
Increasing extreme weather
Arctic multiple amplifying feedbacks
Deep ocean warming leading to methane release from subsea floor gas hydrate
Dying oceans- warming +deoxygenation +acidification
Mass extinction of almost all life
Who will monitor: Despite a vast array of pledges and policy changes, many declarations have been made in a more symbolic way. While hundreds of cities and regions are declaring climate emergencies and pledging various levels of commitments, who will be monitoring their progress? The Answer is: the citizens with the help of environmental watchdogs will monitor the progress.
Humanity is conducting an unintended, uncontrolled, globally pervasive experiment whose ultimate consequences could be second only to a global nuclear war... These changes represent a major threat to international security and are already having harmful consequences over many parts of the globe.
A large proportion of declarations are made as a result of public pressure, with citizens intent of seeing action done to reduce carbon emissions and fight climate change. These declarations are part of a much larger movement that has been spurred by a younger generation that feels betrayed by the lack of action taken by governments worldwide. Climate change has been listed as one of the major concerns by younger generations, and they are determined to ensure that their future is not compromised by short-term decision-making.
Who does the emergency apply to:
The list has grown fast over the past decade. Now it is almost all of us alive today, and certainly applies to all today's children everywhere and certainly to all future Generations.
What Should the Government of India do?
By declaring a climate emergency, the cities can adopt more powers to help curb the effects of climate change
The Indian Government needs to declare an emergency and put resources in place to enable State Governments to help reduce carbon emissions
The government needs to put India on a path to a very rapid transition, and towards a future in which we end our contribution to climate change. This means getting to net zero emissions as quickly as possible – by 2025 at the latest.
India must stop support for fossil fuels, such as oil and gas, and invest in renewable energy, electric vehicles and climate-neutral homes as well as protecting and restoring natural habitats such as forests at home. This transition can and should be delivered in a way that creates high quality jobs, reduces inequality and helps communities to thrive.
An ethical and moral response to this emergency would be based around the goal of maximum protection of human and non-human life. Maximum protection would mean reversing global warming and creating a global cooling as soon as possible.
To create a global cooling, we need to:
1. Reduce our emissions to as close to zero as possible in all sectors of our economy, including energy, agriculture, landuse, and industrial process; and
2. Draw down past emissions.
The emergency now recognised in the UN Paris Agreement recognising the climate change represents an urgent and potentially irreversible threat to human societies and the planet. Also recognizing that deep reductions in global emissions will be required in order to achieve the ultimate objective of the Convention and emphasizing the need for urgency in addressing climate change'
There is a very long list of very damaging global climate change effects. People will be aware of a big increase in all kinds of extreme weather impacts over the past decade, which has dramatically demonstrated how this category of global climate change impacts is the most damaging to human populations and to their food crops. These have all been caused by a global warming of 0.8C, but we are committed (locked in) to a future warming several times today's- without an emergency response now. It is impossible to adapt to all these interacting increasing impacts- though we are bound to try.
“We can’t solve an emergency without treating it like an emergency”
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