The impacts of the climate crisis can be seen around the world and not acting now will destroy lives, livelihoods and natural habitats, environmental experts cautioned on Monday, while reiterating that climate change is happening now and “no one is safe”.
The reactions came after the launch of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) latest report, “Climate Change 2021: The Physical Science Basis”, which has warned of increased extreme weather events across the globe in the coming years.
At a virtual press conference to launch the report, Inger Anderson, Executive Director, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), said, “Climate change is here and now. No one is safe. Despite warnings from so many years, the world did not listen. We need to act now. Reducing greenhouse gas emissions will not only limit climate change but also reduce air pollution.”
She also said recently, only 110 countries of the 191 parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) have submitted new or updated nationally determined contributions (NDCs) ahead of the next climate conference (COP 26).
“Governments need to make the net zero plan an integral part of their Paris Agreement. They must finance and support the developing countries to adapt to climate change as promised under the Paris Agreement. Every business, citizen and investor must play their part.
“We cannot undo the mistakes of the past but this generation of political and business leaders and conscious citizens can make things right,” Anderson said.