“The impacts of climate change are intensifying across the world. Credible scientific analysis coupled with a rising tide of evidence and the paleo-climatic record underline that humanity is now on a dangerous path which, in the absence of strong action, will lead to the destabilisation of the climate with devastating consequences for our civilisation. Concerted international action is essential to avert the risks of dangerous climate change but the world community has so far failed to take effective action and time is running out.”
So states a new Declaration from the International Symposium on Climate Change and World Development, which builds on the outcome of the conference organized by the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, “Protect the Earth: Dignify Humanity”, on 28 April.
It also draws on the conclusions of the Climate Change Task Force, convened by President Gorbachev with the support of Green Cross International, and the proposals contained in its report, “Action to Face the Urgent Realities of Climate Change”, presented in the framework of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development “Rio + 20” in June 2012.
Green Cross International President Alexander Likhotal was in Rome at the end of May for the drafting of this declaration, along with other prominent environmental actors.