Mon, 08 October 2018
The livelihood of Seychellois just like those of other Small island states and coastal people are under imminent threats as the world fails to keep global temperatures to the agreed 1.5 degrees Centigrade under the Paris Agreement.
Scientists have issues their strongest final warning on the risks of rising global temperatures.
After three years of research and a week of haggling between scientists and government officials at a meeting in South Korea, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has issued a special report on the impact of global warming of 1.5C.
The James Michel Foundation is comforted by the report hoping that the world will take serious heed of the recommendations and act accordingly.
Reading the report, one is reminded of the wise advise of our Executive Chairman, James Michel, a champions the Blue Economy and advocate of climate change mitigation who said many times in the past that “We have heard it all before: the well-crafted speeches, the promises and the exhortations… We have also heard the scientific facts, the complaints, the pleas for help from those on the front line: Small Island Developing States. But how does that help us when we continue to ignore the truth? Climate change – on our current, avid path – is a crime against humanity. We are all guilty. And we are all victims. But increasingly, SIDS themselves, are refusing to be victims...we believe in the wisdom of mankind to act before it is too late”.
The good news is that some of the kinds of actions that would be needed to limit global warming to1.5ºC are already underway around the world, but they would need to accelerate,” said Valerie Masson-Delmotte, Co-Chair of Working Group I.
The report finds that limiting global warming to 1.5°C would require “rapid and far-reaching” transitions in land, energy, industry, buildings, transport, and cities. Global net human-caused emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) would need to fall by about 45 percent from 2010 levels by 2030, reaching ‘net zero’ around 2050. This means that any remaining emissions would need to be balanced by removing CO2 from the air.