Decision making has been systematically poor

The UK and other countries have given commitments to limit global warming to 1.5°C

But the actions needed are not being taken.

This is causing unimaginable harm to the poorest communities around the world and to future generations in all countries.

Countries have given commitments to limit global warming to 1.5°C

Via the Paris Agreement of 2015, countries agreed to limiting global warming "to well below 2C above pre-industrial levels and pursuing efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5C above pre-industrial levels". Subsequent reports and agreements made clear that any rise higher than 1.5° carries too greater risk.

Climate change is also a question of human rights and justice

Most CO2 emissions come from the richest countries of the world, and most of the harm done is to the poorest communities in the world.

Global warming has already reached 1.2°C and total emissions are still rising

but

There are gaps between the cuts needed and the pledges made, and between pledges made and actions taken

Despite the pledges made to cut emissions, countries are not taking the appropriate actions:

The problem is not that governments have tried hard to reduce emissions but failed - instead, governments have not even made a serious attempt.


First published: 16 Jan 2022
Last updated: 10 Feb 2022