The Climate Justice 1.5°C Allies
Straight outta #COP27's Sharm El Sheik: A few pictures of the Alliance of Small Island States & the Caribbean hard at work to get rich nations to pay for their mess.
7 November 2022
Why wealthy polluters own the climate crisis—and what they owe the world.
The effects of climate change are all too visible in daily life. From heat waves in California and floods in Pakistan to water shortages in West Africa, extreme weather and rising temperatures are forcing people from their homes and worsening world hunger and famine.
But the climate crisis neither affects everyone equally—nor is everyone equally responsible. A new Oxfam research finds that just 125 billionaires emit on average one million times more carbon annually than someone in the bottom 90 percent of humanity.
“People who have contributed least to the climate crisis are right now suffering its worst impacts,” said Elizabeth Wathuti, a Kenyan climate activist.
At Oxfam, we’ve been holding wealthy polluters accountable for years. So we’re going to explain who is responsible for climate change—Big Oil, rich industrialized countries, and carbon billionaires—and what they owe the people and frontline communities that are paying the heaviest price for their actions.
→ READ MORE ON OXFAM AMERICA'S WEBSITE
Panos Caribbean: "CARICOM Climate Change Centre Bats For Scaled-Up Climate Financing; Wants Attention For Adaptation, Loss & Damage at COP27 "
7 NOVEMBER 2022
The Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (5Cs) is throwing its weight behind safeguarding the introduction of a financial mechanism for loss and damage and progress on scaled-up financing for adaptation, at this year’s United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP27).
COP27, which got underway in Egypt yesterday (Sunday, November 6), sees the participation of global leaders, members of the scientific community and civil society stakeholders, including those from the Caribbean, who are gathered to discuss and negotiate current climate change realities.
6 NOVEMBER 2022
Petchary's Blog: "Caribbean Climate Justice Alliance Statement on COP27: Bold, urgent, accelerated action needed"
30 OCTOBER 2022
The Caribbean Climate Justice Alliance has released a Statement ahead of the UN Climate Conference (COP27), which will take place from November 6 – 18, 2022 in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt. Right now, technocrats are busy getting their documents in order; emission-unfriendly planes and private jets are being boarded; and political leaders are polishing up their grand speeches – updated from COP26. Civil society organisations are girding their loins for another battle, and reporters, citizen journalists and academics are seeking to make their voices heard amidst the din.
→ READ MORE ON PETCHARY'S BLOG
28 October 2022
Ministers of the Environment and Sustainable Development of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), met at the One Hundred and Fifth Special Meeting of the Council for Trade and Economic Development (COTED) – Environment and Sustainable Development, on Friday 28 October 2022.
The Ministers considered the scientific and geopolitical context and the prospects of a global recession in 2023 which will have significant bearing on global action to address the polycrises of climate, energy, food, health, environment, development and security;
They reiterated that global warming represents an existential threat to CARICOM and reaffirmed their full commitment to limit the increase in global temperature to well below 1.5 degrees Celsius;
The Working Group II contribution to the IPCC Sixth Assessment Report assesses the impacts of climate change, looking at ecosystems, biodiversity, and human communities at global and regional levels. It also reviews vulnerabilities and the capacities and limits of the natural world and human societies to adapt to climate change.
12 NOVEMBER 2021 - CENTER FOR INTERNATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL LAW
“While negotiators are in hot pursuit of a quick conclusion they are continuing to undermine their commitments to upholding human rights while opening a Pandora’s Box of false climate solutions that will only serve to blow a hole in ambition. Once governments strike a deal on this, there will be no do-overs. And negotiators must think carefully about what they are doing before it is too late. If they can’t get it right in Glasgow, they should pause negotiations rather than pass an irreversible threat for communities in the Global South and future generations.”
12 NOVEMBER 2021 - OVERSEAS DEVELOPMENT INTERNATIONAL
The climate conference is described as the “whitest and most privileged ever”. (...) One exception was Prime Minister of Barbados Mia Mottley – described as a ‘regional rockstar’ after an inspiring opening speech, and the Amazonian activist Txai Suruí who brought attention to the devastating deforestation of the Amazon. Afterwards, Txai shared that she was nervous to speak in a foreign language (English) to a mostly white, male audience.
8 NOVEMBER 2021
PM of Barbados Mia Mottley kicks off open & honest discussion to deepen understanding of #LossAndDamage and ways to avert, minimize and address it.
Even with a rapid scale-up of adaptation action, climate change will still have an impact. So the risk of losses and damages from climate change is growing. This session will bring together experts to deepen our understanding of loss and damage as well as debate how we can take practical actions to avert, minimise and address loss and damage.
5 NOVEMBER 2021 - SANDRA MASSIAH
Every day, whether it is during or outside of the hurricane season, people who live and work in SIDS know only too well that climate change is a reality and that it affects everything that they do. Workers especially feel first-hand the impact of increasingly intense hurricanes, floods, longer periods of drought, and intense heat. Public services workers are on the frontlines responding to the impact of the climate crisis. And perhaps better than anyone, they know that there is a very high price to pay for inaction.
4 NOVEMBER 2021 - Dr. JAMES FLETCHER
Prime Minister Mia Mottley delivered the speech at COP26 that all negotiators from Small Island Developing States (SIDS) have been waiting and yearning to hear a SIDS head of government deliver on our behalf for years. She hit on all the right points, she spoke with the authority and confidence of someone who understood the subject, she commanded the stage and she delivered with a passion and eloquence that caused every international leader and celebrity in the audience to listen with rapt attention.
COP26, WHAT HAVE YOU DONE FOR ME?
#COP26 #Ambition #ClimatyeFinance #LossandDamage
2 NOVEMBER 2021
We, Heads of State and Government, and high representatives, of the Climate Vulnerable Forum (CVF) from Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Latin America, the Middle East, and the Pacific, and forming a significant number, and a representative group, of those countries most vulnerable to the adverse impacts of climate change, meeting in-person and virtually, as convened from Dhaka, and in Glasgow during the World Leaders Summit of UNFCCC COP26, in October and November 2021,
Alarmed at the recent findings of the IPCC’s Sixth Assessment report (AR6) which confirmed that the warming of the climate system is accelerating with the world on track to reach 1.5ºC as early as 2030, with certain adverse impacts of climate change, such as extreme heat spells, set to nearly double in scale by then compared to impacts at 1ºC, as society now finds itself firmly within an escalating climate emergency,
Further alarmed at the conclusions of the UNFCCC Secretariat’s 2021 reports on Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) under the Paris Agreement, wherein a large number of parties to the Agreement, including a number of major emitting countries, failed to comply with the Agreement by updating or renewing enhanced NDCs, and whereby a major shortfall in contributions to limiting warming to 1.5ºC prevails, though highlighting that the 1.5ºC goal can still be kept alive if 2030 emissions are 45% below their 2010 levels, which requires drastic, constant and urgent ambition raising especially of major emitting countries prior to 2030,
All the more alarmed by reports of the unmet UNFCCC collective climate finance commitment of the developed countries to mobilize $100 billion in annual, additional climate finance, with balanced funding for adaptation and mitigation, from 2020, and the threat that this default poses for confidence in the Paris climate regime in addition to weakening support for climate action by developing countries and our member states,
→ READ THE FULL DECLARATION ON THE CVF WEBSITE
GASTON BROWN - ANTIGUA & BARBUDA
ANDREW HOLNESS - JAMAICA
CNN / Christiane Amanpour Interview - 1 November 2021
1 NOVEMBER 2021 - Caribbean Natural Resources Institute (CANARI)
The 26th Meeting of the Conference of Parties (COP26) to the UN Climate Change Convention in Glasgow, UK represents a critical moment to tackle the climate crisis and set us on the pathway to a low carbon and resilient future. CANARI joins other activists and civil society organisations across the globe in calling for urgent and strengthened commitments to limit global temperature increase to 1.5C and address the needs of the most vulnerable communities and countries including Caribbean small island states.
28 OCTOBER 2021
A new report, the State of Climate Action 2021, looks at whether we are doing enough to achieve the Paris Agreement’s goals. It finds that, to date, none of the 40 indicators assessed are on track to reach 2030 targets.
→ READ MORE ON WORLD RESOURCES INSTITUTE'S WEBSITE
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THE NEXT ROUND OF GLOBAL CLIMATE NEGOTIATIONS IS:
6-18 NOVEMBER 2022
WHAT REALLY MATTERS
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The Caribbean contributes less than 1% to global greenhouse gas emissions, but is expected to be among the earliest & hardest-hit by climate change.
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Floods, storm surges, erosion & other coastal hazards, exacerbated by sea-level rise, threaten vital infrastructures, settlements and facilities supporting our livelihood.
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28 of the 40 millions of Caribbeans live in coastal cities, towns & villages.
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Deteriorating coastal conditions are expected to adversely affect fisheries and the Caribbean's value as a tourism destination.
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CLIMATE CHANGE THREATENS THE VERY EXISTENCE OF SOME CARIBBEAN ISLANDS.
"Since 2009, more than a hundred Small Island Developing States, Least Developed Countries and many others have been calling for limiting global temperature rise to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels to prevent the worst of climate change impacts. The inclusion of a 1.5°C temperature limit in the 2015 Paris Agreement was a major victory for vulnerable countries."
THE PARIS AGREEMENT
Adopted by 196 Parties at COP 21
1.5°C Climate Change Voices
The Caribbean Climate Justice Alliance
The Caribbean Community (CARICOM)
The Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS)
Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre
Caribbean Catastrophe Risk Insurance Facility
Caribbean Youth Environment Network (CYEN)
Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM)
Caribbean Agricultural Research and Development Institute (CARDI)
Caribbean Natural Resources Institute (CANARI)
University of the West Indies (UWI) - Cave Hill
Caribbean Institute for Meteorology and Hydrology (CIMH)
Anton de Kom Universiteit van Surinam
Economic Commission for Latin America (ECLA)
Association of Caribbean States
Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO)
Global Institute for Climate-Smart and Resilient Development (GICSRD - UWI)
Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS)
International Climate Trackers
Climate Ambition Support Alliance (CASA)