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Katowice Climate Change Conference Highlights from Monday, 3-4 December

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[IISD REPORTING SERVICES] [ASH APPLETON, IISD Reporting Services] Climate change is one of the most defining issues of our era. The science is beyond doubt. We are running out of time. Countries need to take decisive action right now in order to avoid the most devastating consequences of global warming. Around 30,000 people have converged in Katowice, Poland where the aim is to give life to the landmark 2015 Paris Agreement. We are in deep trouble with climate change. [ANTÓNIO GUTERRES, US Secretary-General] Climate change is running faster than we are, and we must catch up sooner rather than later before it is too late. For many people, regions, even countries, this is already a matter of life or death. The world scientists prepared a report that was released in October, two months ago, [ALDEN MEYER, Union of Concerned Scientists] that outlined the stakes involved and the temperature goals outlined in the Paris Agreement. They looked at 1.5 degrees, which is the aspirational goal, as well as 2 degrees, which the agreement agreed we should try to stay well below. What they found was pretty startling. Even at 1.5 degrees, there will be severe threats to some ecosystems and endeavors of human communities. My people are going to be the first ones who will be impacted. We are going to lose our livelihood. [HINDOU OUMAROU IBRAHIM, Indigenous Peoples of Africa Coordinating Committee] We lose our identity, finally, we lose our land, and we'll become no one. This big reality is a backdrop for COP24, the UN Climate Conference. This is the reality check, reality check of the political will, [MOHAMED NASR, Chair, African Group] reality check of the commitment, reality check of standing by the cause, and I think, reality check by respecting what we have agreed to three years ago. Look out your window, look out your door, [ALDEN MEYER, Union of Concerned Scientists] see what's happening in your own community. No matter where you live, you are starting to see the impacts of climate change, induced extreme weather events, whether it's flooding, drought, wildfires such as in my state of California in the United States. If we fail to meet the temperature goals agreed to in 2015 in Paris, we will be in uncharted territory. It is still possible to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees, but this window is closing. So the challenge here will be to deliver meaningful results. Ash Appleton, IISD Reporting Services, Katowice. [IISD REPORTING SERVICES]

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Duration: 2 minutes and 45 seconds
Language: English
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Posted by: iisdrs on Dec 5, 2018

The Katowice Climate Change Conference held its official opening ceremony on Monday, 3 December. Delegates make the case for decisive action to avoid the devastating consequences of global warming and share perspectives on what is required from COP 24.
Produced by Ash Appleton.
Filmed and edited by Nemo Allen.

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