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Leaders of the world: Reducing carbon emissions is more necessary than ever!

One week before the start of the climate summit in Bonn, hosted by Fiji, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) rings the alarm bells. The level of carbon dioxide reached the highest number in 800,000 years, according to their latest report. (1)

As it looks now, we are heading to dangerous temperature increases at the end of the century, much higher than the targets set in the Paris Agreement. The report also showed that countries are not even close to reducing the CO2- emissions to the extent they agreed upon in Paris. 

Despite the fact that man-made CO2-emissions stayed the same, the amount in the atmosphere increased massively. Since the gas is decomposing or leaving the atmosphere so slowly, it just keeps building up. It is clear that our planet, our home, is no longer handling the pressure we are putting on her. A sad fact, that we, as FYEG, can't accept. There are so many carbon-neutral technologies already available. The only thing missing is political will. Will to make sure that we put our future above corporate interests. If we don't manage to reduce our carbon emissions and lower the carbon levels in our atmosphere, we may expect a sea level rise of up to 20 meters. A number, especially devastating for many low lying Pacific islands - such as Fiji - which are already under threat and suffering from rising sea levels as we speak. 

 

Recognizing climate refugees. 

FYEG has been fighting for climate justice for many years. The Green movement is very aware that the future inhospitable planet we are creating will have its most devastating effects on the vulnerable communities in the world. Therefore we welcome the initiative of the new Green New Zealand Minister of Climate Change. He announced this week that the country will initiate procedures to start recognizing climate refugees and providing at least 100 visas per year. 

Though barely more than a symbolic gesture towards their Pacific neighbours, The New Zealand’s initiative to broaden the definition of refugee, is a necessary and overdue move in the right direction Several inhabitants of low lying islands, such as Kiribati and Tuvalu have sought refuge in New Zealand before, but to no avail. With the forecasts for climate change as they are now, we need this more than ever. 

 

Leaders of the world, it´s up to you.

The WMO report showed that the efforts to reduce carbon emissions are not enough to come even close to serving the agreements made in Paris. We call upon the leaders of the world to change their attitude and start acting for the long term. We can´t live in short-term economic value. We need to slash cut the emissions of carbon dioxide immediate. We live on a planet that can feed all, give water to all and has a livable ecosystem. Let's not take this for granted, let’s not fuck it up. We need to act and we need to do it quickly. Because the longer we wait, the harder it gets for our and future generations to adapt or the harder it gets for the planet to accommodate our transgressions.

 

Please take action. For our fucking future.

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(1) http://bit.ly/2huJack