DanChurchAid comments on the new report from the IPCC: Fears millions of climate refugees

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9.8.2021 10:01:21 | Folkekirkens Nødhjælp

Millions of people in developing countries will be displaced from their home, which is the result of disasters, described in the new climate report from the UNs climate panel, IPCC.

The consequences of climate change are sending more and more people on the run. “The new climate report is unsettling and a scary read. As there are possible temperature increases between 3-5 degrees Celsius, large parts of the world will become uninhabitable,” says Birgitte Qvist-Sørensen, Secretary-General at DanChurchAid, who continues by saying:
“Now we need to listen to science and take the IPCC report seriously. We have, quite simply, passed the point where climate change can be stopped. Now, it is about dealing with the damage.”

An increase of 5.7 degrees

According to the report, the global temperature is continuing to increase, which has amplified the effects of climate change. In the worst situation, the climate panel’s more than 200 researchers predict a temperature increase between 3.3 and 5.7 degrees Celsius.

This will lead to significant sea level rise, which will be catastrophic for people. However, even with the most optimistic scenario, where the global temperature will not exceed 1.5 degrees Celsius, the water has a chance to rise as much as two or three meters in the long run.

"There is simply a limit to the extent of extreme weather and high temperatures that people can live under. That limit has already been reached in part of Africa and Asia. We can look into the future and see millions of possible climate refugees, who can never be sent home because their home has disappeared or is no longer habitable."

Birgitte Qvist-Sørensen

Political action now

DanChurchAid therefore comes with a strong call to the world’s leaders.
“It has to be acted now, and on a whole new scale and with a whole new speed than what we have seen before. There is a global need for a scaled up focus on both CO2 reductions, climate adaptation, reconstruction, and development to the benefit of millions of people in developing countries, who already suffer under climate change.”

DanChurchAid encourages westerngovernments to invest even more in the global climate agenda The governments must also increase their support to poor and vulnerable countries:

“We ask western governments to increase their climate ambitions. and mobilization of new and additional climate finance” says Birgitte Qvist-Sørensen.

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