Published | 29th September 2015

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CARE affirms the universal call for an ambitious, equitable deal at COP21 in Paris

The causes and consequences of climate change reflect one of the world’s greatest inequalities. Billions of people living in poverty – people who are the least responsible for greenhouse gas emissions – bear the brunt of climate impacts. This is an extreme global injustice.

Across the countries where CARE works, the devastating impacts of climate change are already eroding and reversing development gains. As emissions continue to rise, and the impacts of climate change escalate, CARE’s vision of a world of hope, tolerance, social justice and free of poverty, where everyone lives dignified, secure lives, is increasingly threatened. Changes in climate exacerbate social and economic injustices, including gender inequality.

International action lags far behind the actions needed to tackle climate change. The United Nations climate summit (COP21) in Paris in December 2015 is a critical crossroads. COP21 will be a litmus test of governments’ ability to accelerate global efforts to avert the severest impacts of climate change.

CARE DEMANDS OF GOVERNMENTS AT UN CLIMATE CONFERENCE, COP21

1. Drastically cut emissions from fossil fuels and speed up the transition to renewable energy to keep global warming below 1.5⁰C.

2. Build climate resilience and adaptive capacity of the most vulnerable and marginalised people, and address the loss and damage they are facing.

3. Protect the food and nutrition security of the poorest, marginalised and most vulnerable people.

4. Massively scale up financial support for poorer countries and communities, and especially for vulnerable and marginalised people.

5. Ensure actions to tackle climate change advance gender equality and human rights.

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