on 23rd October 2015

Over 100 nations and hundreds of civil society groups urge to keep warming below 1.5°C

23 October. Bonn, Germany. The Climate Vulnerable Forum (CVF) and CARE International have launched a new online campaign #1o5C / www.1o5C.org to gather more support to the global call to keep warming below 1.5°C. The campaign kick-off took place at the sidelines of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) negotiations in Bonn, the last preparatory meeting before the COP21 UN climate change conference in Paris this December.

 “We need to limit warming to a strict minimum to safeguard communities and the world. Less than 1°C of warming has already triggered scores of dangerous and unmanageable impacts. Raising ambition is a question of survival. It’s also feasible and an opportunity for communities to thrive. We hope this campaign will help to convince other countries to call for a sensible decision on the temperature goal at the Paris climate change conference.” – Emmanuel de Guzman, Climate Change Commissioner of the Philippines

Countries are supporting the 1.5°C goal because climate change has already proved dangerous and in some cases unmanageable. Costa Rica has also committed to truly ambitious climate action, including a rapid transition to carbon neutrality because we believe in the benefits this will bring for people, the environment and the economy. We see 1.5°C as an opportunity to work together towards enhanced global prosperity and we’re encouraging others to join us.” – Pascal Girot, Ministry of Environment and Energy of Costa Rica

It is crucial that the 1.5°C goal, and the means to make it happen, are part of the new UN climate agreement due to be signed in Paris. We must come together to rally all countries to support this goal. CARE International is already seeing how the poorest and most vulnerable communities are being hit the hardest by increasingly severe climate change impacts.” – Sven Harmeling, CARE International’s Climate Change Advocacy Coordinator

It’s significant that 103 nations and hundreds of civil society groups already support the ambitious 1.5°C temperature goal, because numbers do matter in the UN climate talks. Paris provides a rare opportunity to increase our collective ambition to combat climate change including by strengthening the 2°C goal that the vulnerable countries rightly view as totally inadequate. And support for 1.5°C is steadily growing – this campaign will only add to that momentum.” – Saleemul Huq, Director of the International Centre for Climate Change and Development, and Chair Advisory Group of the Climate Vulnerable Forum


Media contacts

Viivi Erkkila, Climate Change Media and Communications Coordinator (UK) at +44 (0) 77924 54130 or verkkila@careclimatechange.org

Sarah Bel, UNDP communications at +41 22 917 85 44 and sarah.bel@undp.org

About CARE International:
CARE International is a leading humanitarian organisation fighting global poverty and delivering lifesaving assistance in emergencies. Through its Poverty, Environment and Climate Change Network (PECCN), we seek to empower poor and marginalised people to take action on climate change at all levels and to build knowledge for global change. More info at: http://careclimatechange.org

About Climate Vulnerable Forum
The Climate Vulnerable Forum (CVF) is an international partnership of countries highly vulnerable to a warming planet. Founded in 2009 and currently chaired by the Philippines, the Forum serves as a South-South cooperation platform for its 20 participating governments from Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Latin America and the Pacific to act together to deal with global climate change. More info at: http://www.thecvf.org

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