Declaration on Climate Change in preparation for COP 23
Pacific Climate Warriors launch Declaration on Climate Change in preparation for COP 23.
350.org Pacific Climate Warriors weary from waiting for the world to take the necessary action to address climate change, have decided to take matters into their own hands ahead of this year’s climate negotiations in Bonn, Germany.
The climate activists representing 12 Pacific Island nations have launched the Pacific Climate Warriors Declaration on Climate Change, outlining what needs to be done to avoid further climate catastrophe.
With Fiji having Presidency of COP 23 this year, the Warriors are working to ensure that Pacific voices are heard in the negotiations rooms in Bonn.
"At COP 23 this year, we need young indigenous voices from the Pacific highlighting our lived realities as communities on the frontlines of climate change, we also need the world to recognize the resilient spirits of our people in the face of this climate crisis," stated George Nacewa, 350 Fiji Coordinator.
The Warriors have already started engaging with communities and networks in different islands.
"From now till COP 23, we will travel through our different island countries and collect support for this Declaration. Along with sign on support, we will also collect stories of how climate change impacts people's homes. We will then deliver this Declaration to world leaders at COP 23 so they know exactly what is going on in the Pacific and what our people need to keep our islands above water."
"We know what has to be done to keep our islands above water, and it has to be done by people at all levels- from grassroots to governments. This is a sure shot way of ensuring that grassroots voices are elevated and brought into these policy spaces," concluded Nacewa.
The Pacific Climate Warriors Declaration on Climate Change is calling for the end of the fossil fuel era and the immediate just transition to 100% renewable energy. It also calls for more support for the immediate delivery of finance needed for countries already facing irreversible loss and damage, the exclusion of the fossil fuel industry at these climate negotiations, and for increased international efforts to ensure global average temperatures do not exceed 1.5 degrees from pre-industrial levels.
The Declaration is available here (www.haveyoursei.org) and can be signed online. The website also features stories from around the world of how people are having a say on climate change and the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change process.