At COP22: Civil Society and Youth Groups Call for Urgent Climate Action on 1.5°C and 100% Renewable Energies

Marrakesh, Morocco. Major civil society groups demand that governments follow-up the Paris Agreement with increased urgent action to prevent average global warming from rising 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels by transitioning to 100% renewable energy. COP22 must reinforce this Paris Agreement goal and the need for enhanced action as a matter of survival for vulnerable countries. In a photo action today at the UN Climate Change Conference (COP22) in Marrakesh, Morocco, the groups showcased global mobilization actions that happened since Paris related to 1.5°C which all governments signed-up to.

Sven Harmeling, Climate Change Advocacy Coordinator of CARE International: “Limiting global warming to 1.5°C is a matter of equity and essential to contain harmful climate impacts and allow countries and communities to thrive in resilience. When celebrating the Paris Agreement at COP22, government leaders must commit to take more action and ramp up finance for poorer countries.”

Nana Firman, Co-coordinator of the Global Muslim Climate Network (GMCN): “Muslim countries and communities must take climate action at the local and global level to implement their faith teaching by transitioning from fossil-fuel based to clean energy based development. It is crucial to build strong coordination and collaboration between Muslim nations, and to accelerate the increase of renewable into their national energy-mix in order to ensure justice in achieving the 1.5°C temperature limit.”

Bryant Zebedy, youth delegate for Marshal Islands and representative of the Climate Vulnerbale Forum (CVF): “2 degrees of global warming would bring an end to my nation, take away my identity, and leave our future generations hopeless. 1.5 degrees is a must, for it can redeem those who are on the frontlines of extinctions.”

Wael Hmaidan, Executive Director for Climate Action Network (CAN): “In light of the current political climate hovering over the climate talks, I think it is now more urgent than ever to move forward with our common 100% renewable energy agenda. Civil society, cities, businesses, and governments, are adopting renewable energy and we call on all others to join.”

Karuna Rana, Coordinator of Commonwealth Youth Climate Network (CYCN): “Youth have championed the 1.5C target from the beginning, knowing that early urgent climate action to stay under 1.5C of warming is the only chance for a safer, equitable, more positive future for our generation. This action demonstrates the strong civic call to our leaders to strive for 1.5C, or fail in the eyes of the world’s youth.”

Ntiokam Divine, Founder of Climate Smart Agriculture Youth Network (CSAYN): “To fulfill the commitments of the Paris agreement, in reducing emissions below 1.5 degrees and adapting to climate impacts, it is essential that we take into account the national plans towards addressing climate-smart agriculture. As of yet, only 63 parties have recognised this vitally important aspect in their actions.”

See the photos from the global action events HERE

For further information, contact:
CARE International
Camilla Schramek, Communication Officer
[email protected] or +45 50 22 92 88

World’s Largest Greeting Card Mosaic for 1.5°C

By #1o5C

The World Advanced Vehicle Expedition (WAVE) with the #1o5C campaign of the Climate Vulnerable Forum supported by UNDP and with Forumla E organised the world’s largest greeting card mosaic at the Formula E race track in Marrakech 11 November 2016. More than 50,000 school children from 24 countries countries made the greetings cards to pledge their commitment to reduce their CO2 emissions and for a WAVE of change – to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius. The greeting cards formed the hashtag – #1o5C – of the campaign to draw attention to the importance of the goal.

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Olympic Athletes Support #1o5C Campaign at Rio 2016

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During the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, more than 100 athletes came together to tell the world that while they are striving to break sports records, 1.5°C is the record that we must not break. Keeping global warming below 1.5°C is the only safe global temperature goal that we can still achieve.

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New Report on 1.5°C: “A change of course: How to build a fair future in a 1.5° world

By Susanne Götze, Verena Kern, Sandra Kirchner, Eva Mahnke, Susanne Schwarz

A new report on 1.5 degrees has been issued by Boell, Misereor and Friends of the Earth Germany (BUND). “A change of course: How to build a fair future in a 1.5° world” was released on 28 October 2016. The report critiques mainstream climate politics solutions including offsetting, negative emissions/BECCS and geoengineering. It focuses on highlighting the real solutions requiring focus when aiming for 1.5°C such as a radical transformation of all sectors of the economy, an immediate coal phase out, ecosystem restoration and agroecology. “A change of course: How to build a fair future in a 1.5° world” presents alternatives of how we can stay within the 1.5 degree limit and achieve climate justice and sustainable development.

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