· An appeal to political leaders to confront climate change ·
The next climate summit in Paris (cop21) may be the “last effective opportunity” to negotiate arrangements that keep human-induced warming “to a limit safe for humanity, while protecting the poor and the vulnerable from ongoing climate change that gravely endangers their lives”.
In agreement on this statement are religious and political leaders, scientists and representatives of the economic world who took part in the workshop, organized by the Pontifical Academies of Sciences and Social Sciences, on protecting the planet on Tuesday, 28 April, in the Vatican .
In the joint declaration at the end of the workshop, it was expressed that the global community has a “special responsibility to agree at cop21 to a bold climate agreement” that aims to reverse the course. Especially high-income countries – the text reads - “should help to finance the costs of climate-change mitigation in low-income countries”, in order to bring about “a rapid world transformation to a world powered by renewable and other low-carbon energy and the sustainable management of ecosystems”. To this end, “the shift of public financing from military spending to urgent investments for sustainable development” is indispensable.
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