Some governments are lying. Main responses to the IPCC report.

The publication of the IPCC experts’ report indicates that if greenhouse gas emissions are not significantly reduced by 2030, the 1.5 ° C target will be “out of reach”. The reactions from authorities, associations and committed personalities have not been lacking since Monday.

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“Despite progress at COP26, global emissions are still heading in the wrong direction. Today’s report tells us that we must turn around, and that quickly (…). Ambition is not enough, only actions count,” warns Vice-President of the European Commission Frans Timmermans.

“Larger emissions countries – especially the G20 – need to respond to the deeper crisis with the urgent need. And not just on paper targets and empty promises,” demanded Walton Webson, president of the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS).

“How many more reports do we need to do what we said we would do? (…) It is high time to fulfill the promises made,” insists Tina Stege, climate envoy for the Marshall Islands.

lying states

The UN Secretary-General also condemned the lies of “certain governments and business leaders” in the fight against climate change.

“Some governments and business leaders say one thing and do another. To put it simply, they are lying,” Antonio Guterres said, calling the new IPCC report “judgmental.”

“It is a dishonorable file, a catalog of empty promises that puts us on the path to an uninhabitable world,” he continued in a busy message, warning of the “extinction of a million species “or the multiplication of” unprecedented heat waves “, frightening storms, general water shortage”.

“We, as governments, have the obligation to make sometimes difficult and demanding decisions to achieve the goals of the Paris Agreement,” acknowledges Annika Strandhall, Swedish Minister of Climate.

“For the sake of the next generation and the future of the planet, we urge all members, especially large emitters (of greenhouse gases), to respond to this report by implementing the promises and commitments made in the UNCAC framework and the Paris Agreement.” Call COP27 President Sameh Shoukry, COP26 President Alok Sharma and UNCAC Executive Secretary Patricia Espinosa.

The report “clearly shows that the fastest way for governments to achieve energy security and reduce costs is to invest in clean energy and withdraw from fossil fuels forever,” said Laurence Tubiana, one of the architects behind the Paris Agreement.

Goodbye to fossil fuels

“It is the end game for the fossil fuels that fuel war and climate chaos. There is no room for new projects with fossil fuels, and existing coal and gas plants must close ahead of time,” notes Kaisa Kosonen from Greenpeace.

“In the energy sector, phasing out fossil fuels and speeding up the transition to renewable energy will be crucial,” says Dan Jørgensen, Denmark’s Minister of Climate and Energy.

“It’s time to accelerate and promote renewable energy and energy efficiency as a priority, while ensuring that people take advantage of the opportunities offered by the green transition,” added his Spanish counterpart, Teresa Ribera.

Crises

The money invested in fossil fuels “is now flying over our heads in the form of bombs (…) I want us to help build a fairer and greener world where dictatorships powered by fossil fuels do not will have such power “, hopes Olha Boiko, coordinator of the Climate Action Network in Ukraine.

“Unless there are major actions, humanity is facing increasing hunger, disease, economic collapse, mass migration and unbearable heat. It is no longer a matter of taking the foot off the accelerator, but of pressing hard on the brake,” calls Nafkote Dabi from Oxfam.

Listen to science

“This report is clear: the tools to avoid the worst consequences of the climate crisis are within our reach. The nations of the world must be brave enough to use them,” said US Secretary of State Antony Blinken.

“Many people seem more concerned with giving false hope to those who are the cause of the problem than with telling the raw truth that would give us a chance to act,” laments activist Greta Thunberg.

“Governments need to stop listening to fossil fuel companies and start listening to science and urgent calls for action from communities facing droughts, fires, floods and rising water,” pleads Kelly Trout, of Oil Change International.

Social justice

“Richer nations, including the United States, have an important responsibility to reduce emissions and raise funds to help developing countries,” said Rachel Cleetus of the Union of Concerned Scientists.

“The scientific evidence is becoming more shocking with each IPCC report, where we (Vanuatu) are now being forced to take climate change to the International Court of Justice to limit global warming to 1.5 ° C, thereby protecting the rights of current generations and the future of all beings. this small island called the planet Earth ”, calls the Foreign Minister of the island state of Vanuatu, Hon Marc Ati.

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