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New IPCC study on land and climate change must spur renewed political conviction to stop climate breakdown

Geneva, 8 August 2019: The IPCC Special Report on Climate Change and Land released today is another stark reminder that we are in an ecological and climate emergency. This report-- coming after the IPCC Special Report on 1.5C and the IPBES Global Assessment Report on Biodiversity -- brings together the best available science on how the enormous pressure on land is exacerbating the climate crisis.
It offers clear direction to governments to rapidly transform land and food systems, halt deforestation and pursue policies that empower small-holder farmers, eliminate poverty and hunger and protect the most vulnerable from increasingly frequent weather calamities.
Drastically cutting food waste and switching to more balanced plant-based diets, particularly in high-emitting societies, and adopting agroecological farming will go a long way towards curbing emissions and building adaptation.
Governments must unite behind the science. They must substantially increase their national climate targets by 2020 in line with the 1.5°C goal to cut global emissions by half in the next decade. Nature-based solutions must go together with abandoning fossil fuel use and investing in renewables.
This report must form the basis for a renewed political conviction to stop climate breakdown.

Quotes from CAN members

Stephen Cornelius, Chief Advisor on Climate Change and IPCC lead, WWF:
“This report sends a clear message that the way we currently use land is contributing to climate change, while also undermining its ability to support people and nature. We need to see an urgent transformation in our land use. Priorities include protecting and restoring natural ecosystems and moving to sustainable food production and consumption. 

“Good land choices are fundamental to tackling the climate crisis. A shift to sustainable land management must be accompanied by the necessary rapid and deep cuts to fossil fuel emissions if we are to meet the 1.5°C goal of the Paris Agreement. Action on one alone is not enough.

“Delayed action will increase the risk of climate change impacts on food security. Those most at risk are the world’s poorest. Early action to address the climate crisis has the potential to provide multiple co-benefits across the whole range of land challenges, with many options contributing positively to sustainable development and other societal goals.”

Christoph Thies, Forests and Climate Campaigner, Greenpeace Germany:
“Defending and restoring our forests and changing our food system by eating less meat will help turn the climate and biodiversity crisis into new hope for nature and people. Our land and biodiversity are under enormous pressure, as seen by the devastating fires in Siberia. We need to make some hard choices because we cannot use up our land twice and we’re already over-using it. To protect our climate and feed the world demands action now. Governments are now compelled to update and enhance their climate action targets in light of the IPCC’s report.”

Teresa Anderson, Climate Policy Coordinator, ActionAid:   
“The world’s leading scientists are clear – the way we produce food and manage land must change dramatically if we are to avert catastrophic climate change. Farming must work with nature, not against it. “The IPCC’s land report puts a big question mark on the future of industrial agriculture. A major shift to farming methods that work with nature, reduce emissions, empower women farmers and improve resilience to the impacts of climate change, is now essential.  

“It sends a stark warning that relying on harmful technologies such as bioenergy with carbon capture and storage, which would take up huge amounts of land, are at odds with our need to improve food security and protect our natural ecosystems.  

“Rich, polluting countries cannot expect the Global South to give away swathes of farmland to clean up the climate mess.”

Ashton Berry, Global Climate Change Programme Coordinator, BirdLife International:
“The report makes clear that better land management is urgently needed to tackle climate change, while also highlighting that reducing greenhouse gas emissions from all sectors is essential if global warming is to be kept to well below 2˚C.  Joined-up policy and action to tackle both the climate and biodiversity crises is therefore key – supporting the rapid transition to biodiversity-friendly renewable energy such as wind and solar, while promoting and developing nature-based solutions that support and protect biodiversity at the same time as providing climate change mitigation and adaptation co-benefits.  The science and recommendations from this report provide a solid basis for the upcoming discussions on the content of the post-2020 global biodiversity framework, to be agreed by governments in China next year – the success of which, and our very survival, hangs upon rapid, transformational change in the way we value and manage nature.”

Tonya Rawe, Director of Global Food and Nutrition Security Advocacy, CARE:
“Our food systems are broken, driving environmental degradation and worsening the climate crisis while over 800 million people are chronically hungry, and small-scale farmers – particularly women -- struggle to achieve resilient livelihoods. Today, the IPCC joined a chorus of others sounding the alarm for fundamental change in our food systems to solve the climate crisis and end hunger & malnutrition. Scientists agree: we need urgent and ambitious climate action in our food systems or more people will be hungry, public health will continue to suffer, and land ecosystems will see irrevocable loss. But action can only be achieved if local communities, women, and indigenous peoples are empowered to make decisions and lead action. We have solutions: what we need is political commitments and leadership to make them happen – now.”

Shefali Sharma, Director, IATP’s European office:
“The IPCC emphasizes significant emissions reductions from reducing meat and dairy. It’s a call for action for governments to hold agribusiness accountable for its mass production, mass waste model. There are very clear actions that governments can take to begin a just transition towards an agroecological and socially just model of animal husbandry that improve soils, animal welfare and  provides sufficient quantities of healthy animal foods which limit our carbon footprint. These actions include ending both direct and indirect subsidies, tax breaks and other incentives for global grain traders like Cargill, fertilizer giants like Yara and meat producers such as JBS and Tyson. It also means regulating them and making them pay for deforestation, water pollution and soil degradation.”

“We must integrate climate goals for agriculture into free trade agreements and ensure that trade agreements no longer lead to land degradation and deforestation. For example, deforestation has dramatically accelerated in the Amazon, encouraged by the Bolsonaro government. If European governments genuinely take seriously the dire findings of this IPCC report, then they must urgently stop the EU-Mercosur deal that includes Brazil—nothing less than the future of this planet is at stake.”

“The IPCC unequivocally shows that any further delay on land-based adaptation and mitigation actions will severely undermine our ability to produce food and sustain agricultural livelihoods. The IPCC report, together with the recently released report by the Committee on World Food Security that articulates how agroecology can help meet the twin and inextricably linked climate and biodiversity crises must now translate into action, empowering local communities and producers that are on the frontline of addressing food security and building climate resilience.”

Peg Putt, Climate Action Network Ecosystems Working Group Coordinator:
“Nature-based solutions to the climate crisis and the linkage with the biodiversity crisis are recognised. There is a major role for conservation, restoration of natural ecosystems and prioritisation of forests. Ending deforestation and forest degradation is vital. The report emphasises the importance of carbon rich peatlands and coastal wetlands."

"The enormous threat to ecosystems, people, and food security posed by large scale bioenergy and BECCS (Bioenergy with Carbon Capture and Storage) leaps out of the report which points out the huge land area of 15 million square kilometers required for monoculture tree crops, which is actually equal to the extent of global cropland. As we clearly cannot afford to lose or destroy ecosystems vital to life, the report effectively paints large scale bioenergy and BECCS as completely unacceptable and unworkable."

Katherine Kramer, Global Climate Lead, Christian Aid:
“The IPCC report reflected the importance of conserving natural ecosystems, as stores of carbon and for their importance for providing food, feed, fiber and timber. Many of the world’s poorest people rely on natural systems for these resources and it is vital that policymakers recognize this in their land-use decisions.

“How we produce food will become an ever more important task for people needing to survive and thrive in a world facing a triple crisis of climate change, poverty and biodiversity loss. It’s crucial we use land in the most efficient way possible to bring down our emissions, conserve the natural systems on which we rely and boost food security for the most vulnerable.”

Martin Harper, RSPB Director of Conservation:
“We are in a climate and nature crisis- the two are interconnected and must be tackled in tandem.
“Nature-based solutions offer the opportunity to not only restore the natural riches of the world but to also slam the brakes on climate change.
“But we must act urgently to address the way we manage our land and our over reliance on fossil fuels or risk irreversible climate change with disastrous consequences for nature as well as people’s lives.” 

Sara Lickel, Advocacy officer on the Right to food and climate, Caritas France:
“As lands and soils are every time more degraded, there is also increasing pressure from false solutions that are threatening human rights. The IPCC shows us that delayed action means we will have to choose between feeding ourselves, producing bioenergy or sequester carbon. We cannot morally and socially afford this kind of competition on land, and we need governments to ensure rapid and fast emissions reductions.” 

Reyes Tirado, Senior Scientist, Greenpeace Research Laboratory, University of Exeter: 
“The challenge is great, but the solutions are many. Changing the way we produce food and what we eat will protect our climate and promote food security. We can free up vital land space being used for animal feed and grazing through healthier plant-rich diets and ecological farming practices that will help sequester carbon in the soil and increase biodiversity.”

 David Festa, Senior Vice President for Ecosystems at Environmental Defense Fund:
 “Our best shot at a healthy, prosperous and food-secure future requires us to drastically reduce greenhouse gas emissions and build resilience to the climate impacts we cannot avoid. Making agriculture more sustainable and preserving our forests will help on both fronts.”

Erika Lennon, Senior Attorney, Center for International Environmental Law:
“The climate crisis is here and getting worse every day. We need urgent action now to reduce CO2 emissions, and land has a critical role to play in addressing the climate crisis and sustaining human life. With its new Special Report on Land and Climate Change, the IPCC once again emphasized the significant threat that climate change poses to the environment and people, including to land and food security. To guarantee that land can continue to fulfill its vital role, countries must ensure and respect the land tenure of indigenous peoples, women, and local communities. Further, public participation in decision-making, including of women, indigenous peoples, and vulnerable groups, is essential to adopting ambitious and effective policies and practices to address the climate, biodiversity, and land crises.”

Jennifer Tabola, Director, Global Climate Strategy, The Nature Conservancy:
“In the same way last year’s IPCC special report on 1.5°C focused global attention on the threats of climate change like never before, today’s new report promises to do the same for the complex challenges of land use. We already knew that humanity’s over-exploitation of the Earth’s lands is a key driver of climate change, and that we need to take urgent, ambitious action to address these issues.  The IPCC’s land report simply puts this situation into sharper focus – and presents us with the opportunity to define our generation.

“As with climate change in general, we have a choice: do we balance the needs of human development and nature, or do we sleepwalk into a future of failing farmlands, eroding soil, collapsing ecosystems and dwindling food resources? Can we look at the powerful tools conservation science has already put at our disposal to help combat these threats and have the courage to take the urgent policy decisions now necessary to see these deployed at scale?” 

Mahir Ilgaz, Research and Grants Coordinator,
“Unless we start substantially reducing fossil fuel use now and go completely fossil free by 2050, the combination of climate change and land degradation will lock even more people into poverty and exposure to climate impacts. The more carbon dioxide and methane we emit now, the higher the risks of breakdown in our food systems, especially in vulnerable areas.  Continuing investments in fossil fuels and fossil fuel extraction, at this point, equals indirectly starving poor people.” 

Wendel Trio, Director of Climate Action Network (CAN) Europe:
To stop climate breakdown, we need a rapid and far-reaching change in the EU’s land sector, alongside all other sectors of the economy. The EU needs to rapidly increase the rate of emission reductions in agriculture and invest in nature protection. To spur immediate action in this sector in line with the 1.5°C goal, the EU needs to increase its 2030 climate target to at least 65% emission cuts. The perfect opportunity to do so is the UN Climate Action Summit in September.”

Michael Brune, Executive Director, Sierra Club:
“Changes to our climate and lands are a global crisis requiring a global solution--one in which we all play a role. The science is conclusive: in the U.S, public land management must be part of our climate solution. We must not only prevent further pollution by stopping new dirty fuels leasing and development, but also keep natural spaces wild to help pull us back from the brink of the climate crisis.

Keeping forests intact to store carbon and protecting public lands will also safeguard wildlife faced with mass extinction and provide protection from flooding and other climate-induced disasters that we’re already seeing. We have an incredible resource -- and incredible opportunity -- in our public lands, but we have to act now before our chance is lost.”

Stephan Singer, Senior Adviser, Climate Action Network International:
“The approved report should lead all governments to significantly enhance their nationally determined contributions with actions in the land sector to immediately halt deforestation, enhance restoration of ecosystems and build resilience for poor farmers and communities. In conjunction with the deep decarbonisation of the energy sector, the findings of the report, if implemented by governments, will lead us to the 1.5C pathway.”

Anton Beneslavsky, expert, Greenpeace Russia
"It’s important that natural fires were named as a factor of climate change, although there is a feeling that the effects of natural fires and agricultural burning are generally underestimated: we are currently observing how climate change leads to the fact that natural fires become more and more intense and frequent, their impact on the climate through carbon dioxide emissions, soot and degradation of landscapes and soils is growing This is a vicious circle that needs to be broken and for this serious changes in the usual ways of managing land must be done."



Dharini Parthasarathy, Senior Communications Officer, CAN / whatsapp +918826107830

About CAN

Climate Action Network (CAN) is a global network of over 1100 NGOs in more than 120 countries working to promote government and individual action to limit human-induced climate change to ecologically sustainable levels. More information on

As heatwaves, floods and fires sweep the world, what are governments waiting for?

Civil society groups call for a concerted political push to raise ambition and deliver support in the coming months   

27 June, Bonn: In a week of record-breaking heatwaves here in Bonn, where negotiators are concluding talks at the UN climate meeting, civil society groups have excoriated governments for their weak political positions on responding to the climate crisis.
The signals emerging from inside negotiating rooms and outside suggest that countries are ready to cave to the short-term interests of a few powerful polluters. They are willing to dismiss the concerns of their citizens who show up in massive numbers at marches, and ignore the large-scale suffering from impacts and loss and damage to maintain a business-as-usual attitude.

With the adoption of the landmark IPCC 1.5C Special Report on Global Warming last year and the Paris Rulebook at COP24, the direction of travel was clear: escalating rapid and transformative actions to stop emissions and limit dangerous warming to 1.5C within the next decade. What we see so far is woefully inadequate.

It is unconscionable that the relevance of climate science is put under the spotlight by Saudi Arabia and some other countries at a time when all governments must be responding to the climate emergency and using the IPCC 1.5C Report to plan for a zero-carbon future. It is important that more countries defend the IPCC report and are outspoken in their condemnation of those making a concerted effort to undermine the best available science and the Paris Agreement.

The discussions on the technical themes have seen uneven progress overall - on Article 6 on carbon market mechanisms, the process towards the review of the Warsaw International Mechanism on loss and damage, common timeframes and in addressing the influence of vested interests in UN talks. Ahead of COP25, It is important that Parties make progress on these to uphold the intergrity of the Paris Agreement and operationalise it. 

In a week when the UK has enforced a new net-zero law and Denmark committed to ambitious climate targets, the inability of the G20 countries, who account for 80% of global emissions, to find common ground,on climate change, just ahead of the leaders’ summit in Japan, is an alarming sign of backsliding on previous promises to phase out fossil fuel subsidies and once again pander to a few powerful polluters like the United States.

In the next months we call on countries to submit bold and actionable climate plans at the UN SG's Climate Summit in September. Contributor countries must come to the Green Climate Fund's replenishment meeting later this year with pledges that double on existing individual contributions and spur a financial shift that will mobilise trillions into a green global economy. A failure to substantially enhance national climate targets and deliver the support for this will be seen as a conscious decision to abandon the 1.5C goal. 

Members of Climate Action Network react:

Mark Lutes, Senior Global Climate Policy Advisor, WWF said: ‘While there was some action outside of the UN climate talks this week – with the UK putting net-zero emissions by 2050 into law, Denmark committing to cutting greenhouse gas emissions by 70 per cent by 2030 – and inside things were more procedural. What did catch attention at the meetings were heated exchanges about how Parties will respond to the IPCC’s Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5°C. The dispute is a sign of what’s at stake in responding to the climate crisis and the science of 1.5°C. Parties have to take on board the substance of this and other IPCC science reports in revising their national climate plans.’

Sven Harmeling, CARE’s Global Policy Lead on Climate Change and Resilience, said:
“In the wake of the UN Climate Action Summit and COP25, outcries sound from the public demanding climate justice amidst fears of catastrophe and a climate apartheid. While more than 20 countries announced in Bonn to improve their national climate plans, now, more than ever, the big emitters must follow their lead. We continue to reiterate the same message to decision makers: heed our warning before it’s too late. Government leaders must now step up and provide the emergency action required and stop making empty promises.”

 Harjeet Singh, global lead on climate change, ActionAid international, said: 
“Some governments are finally waking up to the threat of catastrophic climate change by setting vague, faraway net-zero carbon targets for 2050. But they are forgetting those already struggling to cope with the devastating effects of global warming. Communities are losing their livelihoods as cyclones tear through Africa, facing water shortages in India and losing farmland to sea level rise in Bangladesh at an alarming rate.

“Despite six years of negotiating, the UN process has failed to face the fact that a new funding mechanism is desperately needed to support people to recover from climate disasters. This process needs to be urgently rebooted in a way that responds to the terrifying reality facing those on the frontline of climate change.”

Catherine Abreu, Executive Director, Climate Action Network Canada, said:
“2019 has so far been characterized by two trends: people losing their homes and their lives at unimaginable rates thanks to the floods, fires and famines caused by climate chaos, and; governments beholden to fossil fuel interests teaming up to hijack these climate talks and multilateral events like the G20 with destructive anti-climate agendas that betray the people who depend on them. It is sickening. Germany shattered its all-time heat record for June yesterday as Parties sat in air-conditioned rooms debating how to receive the best available science on climate change - proof positive that suppressing climate science won’t make the problem go away. Governments of the world listen up: either we confront climate change with you or without you. Act now or become irrelevant.” 

Ulriikka Aarnio, International Climate Policy Coordinator of Climate Action Network (CAN) Europe, said: 
“It was positive to see the EU making efforts to defend science and environmental integrity at the Bonn climate talks. However, the EU's failure to agree on reaching net zero emissions by 2050 was clearly a big disappointment for many vulnerable countries who are relying on the EU to show leadership.

We call upon the EU to organise a Climate Emergency Summit to agree on a substantial increase of its 2030 climate target. Otherwise, its empty-handed participation at the UN Secretary General’s Climate Action Summit next September will undermine its role as a global climate champion.”

Alden Meyer, Director of Strategy and Policy, Union of Concerned Scientists, said:
“As superstorms, floods, wildfires, and other climate-related extreme events continue to wreak devastation on communities across the world, people across the world are looking for leadership to address the climate emergency. The United Nations Secretary General has called for a leaders’ summit in New York this September to galvanize much greater political will to decarbonize the global economy, to enhance resilience to climate impacts, and to spur the major shifts in finance and investment needed to achieve these goals. Meanwhile, a growing number of governors, mayors, business leaders, investors and others around the world are committing to transformational climate action.

“By contrast, here in Bonn, there wasn’t much ambition to be found. While some headway was made on several technical topics, sharp political differences remain on issues such as carbon markets, ramping up finance to help developing countries cope with climate impacts, and even on the role of science in informing policymaker understanding of the urgent need for climate action. On this last point, Saudi Arabia blocked the substantive discussions called for by a large number of vulnerable developing countries on the implications of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5 Degrees Celsius that was released last October. But while they may have succeeded in short-circuiting formal discussion of the report, the Saudis can’t prevent it from continuing to drive the heightened awareness amongst governments, the business community, and the public of the need for an urgent response to the climate crisis.

“All countries must come to the leaders’ climate summit in New York and COP25 in Santiago prepared to indicate how they intend to increase the ambition of their national actions, as is required to avoid the worst impacts of climate change. Developed countries must also provide greater confidence on how they’ll meet their commitment to mobilize $100 billion in annual support for developing country actions, and to ramp up assistance to the most vulnerable countries that are already experiencing devastating climate impacts."

Sriram Madhusoodanan, climate campaign director, Corporate Accountability, said:
“What happened here was an injustice – not only for governments and civil society – but for people around the world who desperately need real climate action. Trump’s delegation, Australia and other Global North countries went to new lows to prevent the undue and proven influence of the fossil fuel industry from even being acknowledged – let alone addressed. Time and again, the U.S has gone out of its way to undermine the talks on behalf of the fossil fuel industry.

This is what corporate capture looks like and why a conflict of interest policy is so vital for the future of this process. But, the call to kick polluters out is not confined to the walls of the UNFCCC. Following the call from countries collectively representing more than 70% of the world’s population, over 600,000 people and hundreds of organizations in more than 130 countries are ensuring this call is inescapable from the UN Climate Summit in September to COP25 in December.”

Erika Lennon, Senior Attorney, Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL), said: 
As the climate crisis continues to escalate, climate emergencies are declared, and students take to the streets, it is unconscionable that a handful of countries continue to question climate science. Increasing ambition to keep global temperature rise below 1.5°C is essential to the integrity of the Paris Agreement. So too is ensuring that Article 6 mechanisms have strong human rights-based social and environmental safeguards, including meaningful public participation of indigenous peoples, local communities, and women, and an independent grievance body that can address harms if they occur. Anything short undermines the promises made in Paris and further harms communities who are the least responsible for the climate crisis. 

Mohamed Adow, Christian Aid’s Global Climate Lead, said:
“While a record breaking heat wave causes mayhem across Europe, melting roads and buckling train tracks in Germany, key polluting countries at the climate talks in Bonn have attempted to water down scientific warnings and stall progress. Thankfully attempts by Saudi Arabia, Iran, Russia and the USA were opposed by most other countries, and especially by vulnerable nations and it’s good to see the findings of the IPCC’s 1.5C report will be used to inform the next round of national pledges to strengthen the Paris Agreement.

"Saudi Arabia, Iran, Russia and the United States are rogue nations.  These four major fossil fuel producers are working together against the interests of the set of the world and jeopardising our chances of a safe climate. These countries hardly agree on anything other than undermining climate science. Because their short-term economic interests rely on fossil fuels are at risk this is their last kick back at the rest of the world by suppressing scientific warnings.”

Rixa Schwarz, Team Leader International Climate Policy, Germanwatch, said:
During the UN climate talks, the negotiators remained unaffected by the European heat wave and the youth movement, which at the same time brought 40,000 people onto the streets. Germanwatch considers the pace of negotiations to be insufficient to promote the speedy implementation of the Paris Agreement. This lack of speed at the UN climate talks must be compensated outside the negotiating context. On 23 September, the world will turn its attention to the UN Secretary-General's climate summit in New York. Germany and the EU must respond to the UN Secretary-General Guterres' call for concrete plans. After the failure to agree on a net-zero climate target in June, Germanwatch calls for this decision to be taken at a special EU Council meeting in September. Germany must play a driving role in this.

Jean Su, Energy Director, Center for Biological Diversity, said:
“It’s unconscionable that countries have failed this week to make any meaningful progress to combat the climate emergency. As undertaking the clean energy revolution is now technologically and economically viable, the major obstacle to real climate action is the sheer lack of political will.  We urge world leaders to listen to the millions of people in the streets and act with humanity and courage to turn this crisis around."  

Gilles Dufrasne, Policy Officer, Carbon Market Watch, said:
“Article 6 negotiations progressed marginally, but there is no real sign indicating that countries are ready to adopt rules which will actually safeguard the environmental integrity of the Paris Agreement. At this stage, everything is still on the table, including many proposals which are nothing but foolish accounting tricks which will do nothing to actually reduce emissions.”

Carlos Rittl, executive secretary, Brazilian Climate Observatory, said:
“World governments are still procrastinating on climate even when they are literally feeling the effects of the crisis on their skin, as we saw this week in Bonn. This meeting has started amidst stern warnings of a climate emergency, and you don’t treat an emergency by promising to go carbon-neutral in 35 years. Science is yelling that “now” means “now”, but some parties have chosen to shoot the messenger. “

Dharini Parthasarathy, Senior Communications Officer, CAN / whatsapp +918826107830

About CAN

Climate Action Network (CAN) is a global network of over 1100 NGOs in more than 120 countries working to promote government and individual action to limit human-induced climate change to ecologically sustainable levels. More information on

'Backsliding by G20 nations on climate is alarming when we need an emergency plan'

The world's largest economies must respond with solutions proportionate to the magnitude of the climate emergency 

Bonn, 26 June 2019: In light of the worrying signals that the G20 are sending about their lack of commitment to climate ambition, civil society said that these countries are threatening to exacerbate the climate emergency and push the limits of dangerous warming beyond 1.5C degrees.

Language on climate change and the Paris Agreement of the G20 communique expected to come out of the leaders’ summit in Osaka, Japan this Friday, is looking weak and alarming. Worryingly, it omits the phrases “global warming” and “decarbonisation”. The message coming from the G20 countries indicates that they will continue to support fossil fuel subsidies and overall expansion.

Civil society representatives, who spoke at a press conference in Bonn, said that countries are going against the tide of their citizens' demands and are ignoring the science. This will make these countries irrelevant and their policies incompatible with the reality on the ground.

Countries are increasingly caving to fossil fuels interests and the agenda of rich polluters backing them, which will lead to more intense and frequent climate impacts and loss and damage.


Catherine Abreu, Executive Director, CAN Canada, said:

“So far, 2019 has been characterized by two trends: people losing their homes and their lives at unimaginable rates thanks to the floods, fires and famines caused by climate chaos, and; governments beholden to fossil fuel interests teaming up to hijack multilateral events like the G20 with destructive anti-climate agendas that betray the people who depend on them. It is sickening. Governments of the world listen up: either we confront climate change with you or without you. Act now or become irrelevant.”

Kelly Trout, Senior Research Analyst, Oil Change International, said:

“The latest analysis shows G20 countries are still propping up coal to the tune of $64 billion a year, tripling support for coal plants since 2013. G20 host Japan is one of the worst offenders on coal, and now may be leading the G20 backward on climate commitments in Osaka.”

“Ten years ago, G20 leaders came out of their summit pledging to phase out inefficient fossil fuel subsidies. At this stage of climate emergency, every new subsidy that helps lock in fossil fuel pollution is not only inefficient but unconscionable.”

“It’s good to see a growing list of governments declaring climate emergencies. But in the real world, no rational person would pull a fire alarm with one hand and then fan the flames with the other. This is what G20 governments as long as they continue to support and fund the expansion of oil, gas and coal production and burning adding fuel to the fire of the climate crisis. The carbon mass shows we already have enough oil, gas and coal under development globally to push the world well above 1.5C degrees of warming.”

“So it’s time for governments to decide here in Bonn, at the G20 and at the UNSG Summit this September. Are they for the Paris Agreement goals or are they for the expansion of the fossil fuel industry. Those two things are no longer compatible. To limit global warming to 1.5°C, all new investment needs to be in renewable solutions not new sources of pollution.” 

Nouhad Awwad, CAN Arab World Regional Coordinator, said:

“We need transparency in the process and civil society participation in national and regional policy-making and for the private sector to assume its responsibilities. Most importantly, we need progress on finance, which is lacking here. Finance is limited to humanitarian response and no funds are allocated to land rehabilitation, territorial losses and other issues to treat the massive human suffering from climate impacts. For the drought in Madagascar, only 20.7% of the needed amount was delivered and for the drought in Somalia only 21.7% of the needed amount was delivered.”

Sriram Madhusoodanan, Deputy Campaigns Director, Corporate Accountability, said:

“For decades, we’ve seen that the UN climate talks have failed to deliver the kind of action that people are demanding around the world. For years, time and again the influence and interference of the very corporations and industries that have fueled this crisis, that have blocked and undermined progress, is apparent within these walls. This is one of the greatest challenges we’re now facing as we work collectively to address the climate crisis that the same industries here with us are trying to ensure that everything remains business as usual. Fossil fuel corporations like Schell, Exxon and BP have been sending people to these talks themselves and through trade associations to lobby for weaker policy on climate for decades. Since 1995, there’s been more than 6,000 delegates including Schell and Exxon Mobil here at the talks.”

“We see that the US, Australia, New Zealand, Norway and the EU have repeatedly defended the involvement of the same polluting corporations that have known about and driven the climate crisis at these talks. This is completely absurd. It’s like trying to put out a fire by bringing in an arsonist. Unlike the past two years when countries stood unified and made the US stand on its own, this year we’re seeing Japan cave to the US and fossil fuel interests.”

Written by Hala Kilani, Senior Communications Officer, CAN

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Dharini Parthasarathy, Senior Communications Officer, CAN / whatsapp +918826107830

About CAN

Climate Action Network (CAN) is a global network of over 1100 NGOs in more than 120 countries working to promote government and individual action to limit human-induced climate change to ecologically sustainable levels. More information on

Glaring vacuum on political leadership threatens to undermine ability to address climate crisis

Bonn, 24 June 2019: Today at the UN climate talks in Bonn, civil society voiced its concerns that the political will and ambition needed to tackle the climate emergency is nowhere in sight.

Solving the climate crisis requires political leadership, particularly from the big emitters, who must step up and commit to enhancing their national climate targets by 2020 in order to cut global emissions by half by 2030 and meet the Paris Agreement goal to dangerous keep heating below 1.5C degrees.
Rich countries must pledge climate finance on a scale that will allow countries already suffering the consequences of climate change to deal with impacts and adapt quickly to survive.

Speakers at a press conference by Climate Action Network said the very weak signals coming from developed countries on enhancing their Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) and on delivering finance, raises concerns that the Bonn climate talks are not responding to the climate emergency, even as a full-fledged heatwave is to sweep Europe this week and bring home the reality of climate change.


Alden Meyer, Director, Strategy and Policy, Union of Concerned Scientists, said:

“It’s very clear what we want out of this process, the UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres has made it crystal clear. We need three things: ambition, ambition and ambition. We need of the ambition to close the emissions gap and have a chance to stay at the 1.5 C degree level. We need ambition on impacts because even if we manage to hold temperature increases globally to no more than 1.5C degrees, the horrific impacts we are already seeing across the world are going to continue and intensify over the next several decades. So we need more progress, more support on adaptation and loss and damage and we need ambition on finance, technology and capacity building, support for developing country actions.”

“It’s kind of a tale of two cities. We’re seeing very smooth progress here in Bonn on the technical issues at play… but on the political level, it’s a very different picture. There is a vacuum of leadership from major countries on ambition across all these fronts. If you see the countries that are committing in public to enhance the ambition of their Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs), it is almost entirely developing countries and most of them are small or mid-size emitters. You don’t see the G20 countries on that list. You don’t see the countries that collectively represent about 80% of global emissions providing any certainty about what they plan to do on ambition.”

“At the end of this week, Japan will be chairing the meeting of the G20 leaders in Osaka. We’re very concerned that Japan is not building on the momentum generated by Germany and Argentina over the last two G20 meetings to fully implement Paris, decarbonize the global economy and ramp up support for developing country ambition and action. As a matter of fact, we hear concerns that Japan is talking about cutting its next pledge to the Green Climate Fund (GCF) in half from the USD 1.5 billion that they pledged in the first round, not doubling its pledge as Germany and other countries are committing to do.”

“We have a lot of work to do in front of us over the next six months and most of what we need can be solved with political ambition from the major countries and we are calling for that leadership coming forward out of this meeting in Bonn.”

Mohamed Adow, International Climate Lead, Christian Aid, said:

“We all know that the world is starting to wake up to the fact that we’re in the midst of a climate emergency. Even though, this issue is getting the public’s attention, leaders are avoiding to take responsibility and address it effectively. It’s quite shameful that at a time when we have a climate emergency, these leaders are relegating the very important climate ambition that is required to a footnote. That’s what happened with the European Union but it is also happening with G20 with Japan totally avoiding including in the G20 agenda the need to be able to actually enhance ambition.”

“The conversation around loss and damage is limited to negotiating the terms of reference for the review of the Warsaw International Mechanism (WIM) and in there the very important element of finance for loss and damage isn’t getting a lot of support particularly from the biggest polluters.”

“Look at the cruel irony. Those countries that are most vulnerable to climate change that are suffering the impacts of climate change who have contributed the least are the ones who are leading from the front. If these poor, vulnerable, most impacted communities can, I believe so can all the other big polluters. We need them to actually step up and provide the kind of support that is required. We’re looking at clarity on the 100 billion and the delivery of that political pledge but also the replenishment of the GCF. We need to see political signals coming through that the rich world is actually going to deliver the kind of support that is going to help the world transition to a pathway that is safe.”

“Biggest polluters need to commit to enhance their ambition. We need countries to step forward and actually revise and enhance their NDCs. In the absence of revision and updating of NDCs, it’s unlikely that we will be able to catalyze the transformational change that will put the world on a 1.5C degrees pathway. We also need them to commit and deliver their 2050 net-zero strategies so we have clarity around their development pathway. The third thing is the phase out of coal the biggest source of pollution in energy. We can’t have a conference as important as the UNSG Summit coming forward without countries taking concrete steps in terms of actually stepping away from coal towards renewables. We have abundant renewable energy resources across the world and that potential needs to be tapped to set the world on a safe pathway.”

“Get your grip on addressing impacts because it’s actually affecting people’s lives, mobilize adequate support so that we can bridge the financial gap and catalyze transformative changes. Then, increase your ambition in mitigation to get the world on a safe pathway.”

Ulriikka Aarnio, International Climate Policy Coordinator, Climate Action Network Europe, said:

 “The UNSG Climate Summit in New York is the key focus point this year and currently as it stands, the EU would be going there all empty handed and it’s very unlikely that the EU would be willing to do that. Historically, the EU has always been at the forefront pushing forward international global climate ambition, Kyoto, Paris and at every crunch point and this time, the climate is much higher on the Europeans agenda than it has ever been. It’s a top priority for many European citizens in many European countries. It was felt by the European elections results that showed that strong climate policies get you elected.”

“CAN thinks that the EU’s target by 2030 should be at least 65% reduction in emissions.”

“In one week, Finland takes over the EU’s rotating Presidency and climate emergency is a key issue in Finland now for the fins and for the Finnish government to the extent that climate change are the two first words of the current government’s programme for the next four years. We’re happy that in the next six months we have a serious EU Presidency and we hope that Finland will use all its diplomatic skills and other means to make sure that the EU will align its 2030 target with the Paris Agreement. The time is now. If you decide not to revise the NDCs now, we have to see it as a conscious decision to abandon the 1.5C degrees target. The time is now and the Europeans also want that.”

Lucile Dufour, International Policy Advisor, Climate Action Network, France, said:

“Increased support not only helps developing countries adapt to the impacts of climate change and implement their climate plans, it also has the potential to unlock the ambition and NDC enhancement that we urgently need.”

“Parties need to build on the rules decided in Katowice and design the tools that will help enhance the transparency of climate finance. We’re at early stages of this process, but parties need to make sure from the beginning that the tool that they are going to design is going to provide complete, comparable, and traceable information on the finance flowing from developing to developed countries. It is key to maintain the trust between parties and also build confidence in the new climate regime.”

“Last week, we saw some tensions emerging on who and how to govern the adaptation fund.

This is extremely concerning because the adaptation fund and the sustainability of funds over time is still a question that is not solved. In the context of growing climate impacts, adaptation and adaptation finance must remain at the center of the talks. Parties need to make sure that the adaptation fund will get increasing and sustainable funds because the adaptation fund works well and is well designed and actually delivers concrete results to help the most vulnerable communities on the ground.”

“We expect parties to demonstrate progress on the commitment they made to mobilize USD 100 billion a year by 2020 and they should do so by improving and achieving a balance between adaptation and mitigation finance. One of the biggest signals they need to send is about the GCF because it will hold its replenishment conference by the end of the year.

In light of the achievements of the fund that funded more than 100 projects with USD 5 billion over the past six years, we expect all the contributor countries especially the bigger ones such as Japan, Canada and the European countries to make new and ambitious pledges to the fund, we need at least doubling of the financial efforts. Any backsliding would be completely unacceptable in the current context.”

Written by Hala Kilani, Senior Communications Officer, CAN

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Updates from week one of the Bonn climate meeting: uneven progress on technical issues

Bonn, 22 June 2019: Mid-way through the intersessional UN climate negotiations in Bonn, CAN members say progress has been sluggish on countries’ cooperation to meet their Paris commitments or Article 6, on loss and damage and the implementation cycle of the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs), known as common timeframes.

Civil society set clear expectations for decisions and final texts in Bonn that reflect the needs on the ground to address impacts with adequate finance and support and to heed the calls by youth from around the world for elevated and more rapid climate ambition, commitments and action. Countries need to step up to their moral obligation to solve the climate crisis and prevent passing the burden to future generations in line with inter-generational equity and justice. Currently, what is happening outside the UNFCCC process doesn’t match the inside.

The metrics of success in these negotiations for Article 6, which allows countries to cooperate to meet their NDCs through international transfers of mitigation outcomes, is a text that narrows options on key issues. These include prevention of double counting, a good direction on the transition of the Kyoto protocol mechanisms, and clear safeguards to prevent human rights abuses.

The review of the Warsaw International Mechanism (WIM) on loss and damage and discussions on common timeframes to implement NDCs are not yet complete with both areas of convergence and disagreements between parties still playing out.


Brad Schallert, Deputy Director, International Climate Cooperation, WWF said:

“There is a little bit of a difference in terms of the tone and the cooperative spirit of what’s happening in the Article 6 room because there is such political pressure to come up with solutions, all parties are feeling that. There seems to be real desire to not just restate positions but to try to signal that they are ready to bridge gaps. There is some hostage-taking where some countries are saying if we don’t like how this turns out in the end we might revert back to our original positions but there seems to be real desire to come up with a new text at some point.”

Leia Achampong, Policy Officer, Climate Justice, Act Alliance EU, said:

“What is particularly concerning that when attending some of the informal open sessions on the WIM review process and development of the terms of reference, some delegates are saying that they don’t expect the outcomes of the review that will take place in COP25 to be taken forward until the executive committee of the WIM on loss and damage has its own review next year, which means there would be a year of inaction. Climate impacts are taken place now and having repercussions on agriculture, on global food trade, causing climate-induced displacement. What we need to see in reaction to the urgency of climate change is that there isn’t a year of inaction taking place. The outcomes and recommendations of the review that takes place in COP25 actually need to be implemented as soon as the COP is over, it can’t be that there is time period of wait up until COP26 when then the executive committee takes into account these recommendations.”

 “As CAN, we would urge that those outcomes are immediately taken into account and that the third pillar of the WIM on loss and damage is immediately operationalized to ensure that there is support in the form of capacity building, finance and technology transfer.”

Jeffrey Qi, Policy Analyst & Coordinator, Climate Change, BC Council for International Cooperation, said:

“We need to have a single five-year common time frame. A five-year common time frame will avoid locking in low ambition in NDCs, it will harness rapidly evolving real-world opportunities like economic, social, political and scientific technological progress. It will incentivize early action instead of delayed action on climate mitigation and lastly aligns better with the whole Paris climate regime with NDCs being communicated every five years and the global stock-take taking place every five years.”

“This single five-year common timeframe will match the ambition cycle. It is very crucial to ensure that the Paris Agreement serves its purpose and is able to deliver this ambitious action that the world urgently needs.”

“There is general consensus amongst parties at this session, that NDCs will be communicated in 2025 (for actions post 2031) that means there will be a domestic planning period between 2025 and 2031. Since we have this consensus, it is very important to have the textual guidance in the final decision to avoid any ambiguity or confusion, any misunderstanding regarding this domestic planning period.”

“Parties must leave Bonn with a deadline to have a decision on common time frames because we can’t let these negotiations go all the way until 2022 and 2023 because there are some parties that are planning for their 2025 NDCs beginning 2020 and need this guidance to understand the length of the time frame they are planning for.”

Sandeep Chamling Rai, Senior Advisor on Climate Adaption Policy, WWF Singapore

“It’s great to see how the youth is mobilizing around the world. These marches are going on a massive scale…the message they are giving is loud and clear… we as civil society engaged in the UNFCCC process need to take into account those messages and how that can replicate in the UNFCCC process.”

“We see banners and posters calling strongly for climate action now and the UNFCCC needs to hear that clear message and try to add that in an educate manner in this period. We as adults mostly from developed as well as developing countries have created this mess. We need to resolve this mess we have created within our lifetime. Let’s not let our children and future generations take that burden because that’s not equity and justice.”

“All countries need to raise ambition… and more action on adaptation is critical. It is the moral obligation of developed countries to provide support.”

Written by Hala Kilani, Senior Communications Officer, CAN

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World Refugee Day: We need solidarity and strong international mandates to assist those displaced by climate impacts


Civil society calls on negotiators in Bonn to set strong terms of reference for the review of the Warsaw International Mechanism in COP25

Bonn, 20 June 2019: As the climate emergency unfolds and drives people out of their homes, civil society of Climate Action Network demand that negotiators meeting for the Bonn climate talks respond more rapidly to impacts hitting developing countries.

On World Refugee Day, speakers said that rising climate impacts are destroying lives and livelihoods, rendering people homeless and displacing millions. The climate crisis threatens to exacerbate poverty and push people to the limits of adaptation, suffering the consequences of loss and damage.

People at the frontline of climate impacts need more rapid response to deal with migration, homelessness, impoverishment and violence, including sexual violence. Rich countries, which caused climate change must step up to their moral obligations and responsibility, raise ambition and provide financial support to help people in developing countries cope with the devastating situation poor people face on the ground.


Nouhad Awwad, Regional Coordinator, Climate Action Network, Arab World, said:

“In the Arab world we are facing the adverse effects of climate change from sea level rise, to high temperatures, to intrusion of saltwater in coastal aquifers, to heatwaves and floods. In Jeddah (Saudi Arabia) … the intensified rain that happened in 2009, 2010 and 2011 led to the death of hundreds of people and displacement.”

“The Nabu floods destroyed hundreds of hectares of fruit and other agriculture and displaced people, who are still suffering from these impacts. Morocco became a route transit between climate migrants from West Africa to Europe and it’s hosting the climate migrants of the sub-Saharian region leading to increased tension in coastal areas.”

“All this will be intensified if we don’t see concrete action on the ground. This region facing land grabbing, droughts and food insecurity will face more effects. Here in the UNFCC meetings, we need to focus more on the displacement of people. Developing countries need funds and need support to face the impacts of climate change and the waves of climate immigrants. let us work now to save humanity.”

Sunil Acharya, Regional Advisor, Climate and Resilience, Practical Action, said:

“Ice in the mountain region is melting twice as fast in the last few years. We have already seen loss of one third of ice in the last 40 years. It’s the source of freshwater for billions of people living downstream in Nepal, India and Bangladesh and imagine the situation if they don’t have water to drink.”

“Water springs in the trans-Himalayan region and mid hills of countries like Nepal and Bhutan depleting so fast that people are migrating in throngs. Every other day people have to migrate because there is no water to drink and it will require days just to get a gallon of water.”

“You might have heard about the recent event of Tornado, which is the first ever tornado in the recorded history of Nepal. Unexpected things have been a reality to our region. I have personally seen people in the western region of Nepal displaced by floods three times in the last five years. They don’t have any support required, no safety nets to prepare and deal with those kinds of events.”

“It is the moral obligation of developed countries and those who created this problem to support these vulnerable people. The impacts we are seeing now are just the tip of the iceberg and in a few years’ time if there is no real action, we can see a much more complicated situation.”

“We are now talking only about internal displacement and migration, imagine the situation when the cross-border migration starts. We don’t know how to deal with that as of now. We call on developed countries to heed to the needs of the people impacted by climate change and come up with real solutions.”

Gbemisola Titi Akosa, 21st Century in Nigeria, said:

“Climate induced drying of water bodies and desertification are forcing a lot of herders to move away from where they are to find food and fodder for their animals and once they go down south of Nigeria they encroach on a lot of farms and we have terrible conflict that has displaced a lot of people and taken them out of their houses.”

“In 2018 alone, 1.9 million people were displaced as a result of climate-induced flooding, 82,000 homes were destroyed. As we speak today a lot of people don’t have homes to go back to, they don’t have farmlands to go back to and don’t have businesses to support their livelihoods. This is the kind of situation we’re facing on the ground, some of them are leaving schools and public buildings where the conditions are so deplorable.”

“Some, in internally displaced camps, are experiencing violence, rape and there is no solution in sight. We need audient climate finance. When some of these disasters strike, we need people to have new houses quickly to get themselves together. We need audient response finance to help people manage the situation as it happens.”

“As we continue to negotiate, let us remember that people’s humanity matters… We should remember that we need to show a lot of empathy to those who have been affected. It’s up to us here to give good solutions that rapidly respond to the impacts of climate change so that people don’t continue to die without support.”

Harjeet Singh, Global Climate Change Lead, ActionAid International, said:

“There are 70 million people who are living as refugees today, it is highest in the last 70 years in the history of the UN system for refugees. While there is a lot of human cry in the rich world, the fact is that 84% of these refuges are hosted by developing countries while they struggle with little resources. Now climate emergency is unfolding and putting a lot more pressure on again the same set of developing countries that have little resources to cope with climate impacts.”

“The Internal Displacement Monitoring Center says that 18.8 million people were displaced by natural disasters in 2017, 80% affected by cyclones and floods. These are new displacements added to mounting numbers. This is the scenario we are living in. The scale of impacts is massive and actions are not matching the reality on the ground.”

“While refugees’ rights are still recognized at the UN level, climate migrants have no legal protection either at national or international levels. Their migration is seen as economic migration which is not a reality.”

“It’s about finance support and legal protection required by climate migrants at different levels. As a global community we need to understand that developing countries are facing this twin crisis of conflict and climate impacts so we need to show solidarity and provide them with the necessary support to deal with the problem.”

Written by Hala Kilani, Senior Communications Coordinator, CAN

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Call for EU to commit to stronger climate ambition ahead of EU Council meeting

Bonn, 19 June 2019: The EU can demonstrate genuine climate leadership by announcing at the European Council meetings tomorrow that they will enhance their 2030 targets and mobilize support for developing countries to implement climate plans to keep warming below 1.5°C.

EU countries must clearly state that they will heed the calls for concrete climate action by youth on the streets and an electorate, which brought green parties to power, by declaring that they will go to the UN Secretary General Climate Action Summit in September with plans not speeches.

The EU is also expected to agree tomorrow to the long-term target of net zero-emissions by 2050. The time is ripe for such a decision now that people’s mobilizations and calls for action placed climate on top of the political agenda.


Fernanda Viana de Carvalho, Policy Manager, Climate & energy, WWF, Brazil, said:

“We know we face a big challenge and the 1.5°C report launched by the IPCC last year put it in very stark terms that we have until 2030 to halve emissions if we want to stay below 1.5°C which is our guiding star. So we look at 1.5C and this what everybody should think about when we talk about climate ambition.”

“It’s not only a climate urgency but a climate emergency that we are calling for, the youth is calling for. Some countries already declared it so it is a time when we need countries to put out plans not speeches sand that’s what we expect from countries in the UNSG summit, which is one of the big moments leading to 2020.”

 “2020 is a key year … it is very important for countries to come up with plans to update and enhance their NDCs (Nationally Determined Contributions.)”

“We heard in march this year that about 10 African countries will enhance their NDCs so If Africa can do it so must the biggest emitters and we have high hopes for those.”

“We also heard from the UNSG staff that there are 80 countries that will enhance their NDCs and this is very key if we want to keep the Paris spirit alive and if we stand a chance to stay below 1.5C global warming… it’s not only a environmental questions, it speaks directly to development and poverty.”

“When we talk about NDC enhancement, it’s not only about mitigation targets, we are also thinking about impacts, adaptation and resilience. We’re most importantly thinking of support. Countries need financial support to enhance their NDCs, developing countries of the world.”

Ulriikka Aarnio, International Climate Policy Coordinator, CAN Europe said:

 “Tomorrow the European heads of states are meeting in Brussels at the European Council to discuss the future of the EU’s climate policies. Feeling the pressure from the youth and people on the streets, they are getting closer to an agreement to increase the EU’s long-term target and they’re also looking at the EU’s 2030 target and how to revise that.”

“Climate change and in particular how countries are responding to the climate crisis is very high on the European agenda and it’s been demonstrated over the winter and spring with hundreds of people on the streets especially the youth. This made climate change a key topic in the European elections. this resulted in parties across the political spectrum committed to stronger climate action. Green victories in many countries gave the push to EU leaders to really think that now is the time to act.”

“What is getting more and more likely now is that tomorrow the EU will be able to agree on the net zero target long-term target for 2050. This decision seems now very right to be taken.

In the last 10 days the support for net zero has been growing. In the last few days four new countries came in support for this. It is very remarkable that 3 of them – Hungary, Slovakia and Bulgaria – have been usually more reluctant to increase EU’s ambition and are now coming forward and supporting it.”

“What we expect from the EU is first to agree on the net-zero by 2050 but then at minimum commit to revising the 2030 NDC in the months to come. Near term ambition is what the world is waiting for, what the Secretary General of the UN is waiting for. Near term ambition is the scientific non-negotiable imperative. But this is also what the Europeans want.”

Jennifer Tollmann, Policy Advisor, E3G, said:

“On behalf of CAN International, I would like to welcome the joint bid by the UK and Italy to host COP26. We see this agreement as a milestone in European diplomacy and cooperation also post Brexit and we call on New York to confirm a Presidency as soon as possible.”

“2020 internationally is the litmus year for the Paris Agreement and this is certainly what the Presidency will have to live up to. As it is most likely to be a European COP, they would have to respond to the clear mandate given by European citizens both on the streets and in the European elections to increase ambition and work with partners internationally to do so.”

“When looking at 2020, the priorities are clearly on near-term action that needs to be the response to the climate crisis and the IPCC 1.5°C evaluations around NDC enhancement will be front and center.”

“We do also expect the Presidency to deliver a package around long-term strategies but also progress on adaptation, resilience and the support necessary for those most vulnerable to actually implement ambition and respond to the impacts they are feeling.”

“We also expect the UK to support Chile and the UNSG Presidency in the run up to both the UNSG Summit and COP25 but also starting to plan around how they can facilitate major economy follow-up during their joint G7/G20 presidencies in 2021. We see this as a pathway to implementation and to action.”

Written by Hala Kilani, Senior Communications Coordinator, CAN

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We risk devastating warming of 3 or 4 degrees Celsius if renewables are not more aggressively and rapidly deployed and energy efficiency enhanced in all sectors

CAN urges all governments to act faster and more vigourously to respond to the climate emergency, based on findings of the REN21 Renewables Global 2019 Status Report.


18 June 2019 - We are still banking on a dangerous fossil fuel world and governments are not maximizing the benefits of transitioning to clean renewables, according to the Renewables 2019 Global Status report released today by the leading renewable energy authority REN21.
Polluting fossil fuels, which threaten the future of humanity, are still dominating the energy scene and contributing to higher emissions, a  growth of 2% in 2018 according to the International Energy Agency (IEA). This is the highest record of CO2 emissions and fossil fuel use ever.
The report shows that for the fourth consecutive year, the share of renewables in the power sector has grown and now supplies more than a quarter (26%) of global electricity production. However, the Climate Action Network (CAN) considers this as small progress for climate and sustainable development as the electricity sector consumes a minor portion of total energy use, only 17% of all energy used.  The IPCC Special report on 1.5°C clearly stated that deep and large scale decarbonization in all sectors is needed to meet the objectives of the Paris Agreement and Sustainable Development Goals and keep warming at safe levels below 1.5°C. This means according to the IPCC that countries must increase by six folds their investments in renewables and energy efficiency each year to put the world on a path of a clean, healthy and prosperous future. The REN21 report shows that we are far from this potential reality.
The larger energy-using sectors Transport (32%) and Heat and Cooling (51%) use only 3% and 10% renewables, respectively. The growth rates for solar heating are flattening. Excluding traditional biomass, all renewables provide only around 11% of all final energy use.
Countries are still paying heavy subsidies to expensive and detrimental fossil fuels. REN21 estimates that global subsidies for fossil fuel consumption amounted to USD 300 billion in 2017, an 11% increase from 2016 with at least 73 countries providing subsidies of over USD 100 million each. New analysis by the IEA  suggests fossil fuel subsidies of USD 400 billion in 2018, which are higher than all investments in renewables.
With dwindling prices of renewables compared to fossil fuels and the enormous economic (11 million jobs in 2018 as per the International Renewable Energy Agency) and health benefits they increasingly provide, the REN21 findings prove that governments are not acting in the best interests of their people.
CAN urges countries to boldly hasten the just and fair transition to renewable energy and triple efforts in energy efficiency in all economic sectors aiming for zero emissions and 100% clean energy by mid-century. Countries must phase out coal by 2030 latest and immediately stop financing and building new coal plants worldwide. They are also expected to enhance their climate targets by 2020 with strong renewable goals resulting in at least 40% renewables and enhanced energy efficiency in all economic sectors by 2030 and switch all investments from fossil fuels to clean energy.

For further information, please refer to the thorough analysis of the REN21 report available in annex.
Stephan Singer Global Energy Advisor, Climate Action Network, said:
“Governments have an unprecedented opportunity to prove that they have the best interest of their electorate at mind. They either grab the chance to drive economies on a path to prosperity and safety through an accelerated, transformative and just transition to renewable energy, retiring coal and keeping oil and gas in the ground and stopping all investment in and subsidies for polluting fuels or take us all to disasters. Science offers no other choices. Will they chose to listen to the rising calls of future generations or will they favor short-term personal gains?”
Jennifer Morgan, Greenpeace International Executive Director, said: 
“This research further proves the enormous potential of renewable energy, and the opportunity we have before us to transform our economy to one that is cleaner, fairer and more sustainable.'
Currently, the challenges we face in this people-powered transition are political not technological, with policy decisions that are erratic and lacking in ambition. 
This is madness when the climate emergency we are in demands we immediately stop propping up the doomed and dirty fossil fuel industry and urgently switch to renewables. Change is coming -- for the fourth year in a row, more renewable power capacity was installed than fossil fuel and nuclear power combined -- but it needs to come faster.”
Jean Su, Energy Director at the Center for Biological Diversity, said:
"Powering our world with 100 percent clean energy is no longer an issue of technological feasibility, but rather of sheer political will," said Jean Su, energy director at the Center. "In the face of the climate emergency, it's past time for our leaders to put the needs of the people over the interests of the fossil fuel industry. We urge all governments to be courageous and bold to undertake the urgently needed renewable energy revolution."
Ashton Berry, Global Climate Change Coordinator, BirdLife International, said:
“To meet the goals and targets of the Paris Agreement, and the recent findings from the IPBES report calling for transformational change in energy production and consumption in order to protect species from extinction, we need increased investment in energy efficiency and strategic planning to ensure the renewable energy mix is not only wildlife friendly, but country context relevant”

Manuel Pulgar-Vidal, leader of WWF’s global climate and energy practice said:“Renewables are at the forefront of the world’s battle plan to tackle the climate crisis. REN21’s Renewables 2019 Global Status Report brings good and bad news. Good news in that renewables continue to shape the global energy transition; and bad news in that an uncertain policy environment in many countries is undermining the impact on emissions reductions that renewables can – and should – have. Governments must reassess their energy policies and regulations in light of the review of nationally determined contributions by 2020. There will never be a more opportune time to do.”


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‘Protecting primary forests and allowing them to grow is vital to tackling the climate and ecological crisis’

Nature-based solutions must be among first line of options to cut emissions and strengthen revised NDCs, due in 2020  

Bonn, 18 June 2019: In the face of the twin emergencies we are facing - of rapid loss of species and biodiversity  and climate change, protecting our natural heritage is the best route to a healthy and prosperous future for people and planet, according to the Climate Action Network panelists at the UN intersessional climate talks here in Bonn.

Speakers referred to two important reports: the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) on 1.5°C and the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) both of which had startling messages on the crises we are contending with, including the loss of one million species and the potential to spiral into climate breakdown if emissions are not rapidly slashed in a decade.

As we face a dual crisis, we need solutions that integrate biodiversity and climate because of the intimate linkages between the two.

Empowering indigenous communities and protecting their land rights is key to ensuring the integrity of ecosystems and delivering both biodiversity and climate outcomes.

Countries must include nature-based solutions for mitigation and adaptation in their 2020 revised and enhanced climate plans.

Protecting primary forests in both developing and developed countries and allowing them to grow is one of the most important elements of nature-based solutions.


William Moomaw, Emeritus Professor, Tufts University, USA, and IPCC Lead Author, said:

“We have to act rapidly… when we release carbon dioxide into the atmosphere a significant portion of it, maybe a quarter is still there a thousand years from now and the temperatures will remain very high for that length of time as well. Whatever peak temperature we hit, if we don’t actively remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere that temperature will prevail for a thousand years or more.”

“If you look at our total emissions from fossil fuels and land use change it’s about 10.9 billion tons a year and yet only 4.7 billion tons appears as an increase every year. Who is helping us out so well? It’s natural systems, it’s forests, it’s wetlands, it’s grasslands, it’s the ocean.”

“If we just let secondary forests continue growing we can remove another 2.8 billion tons a year, remember the gap is 4.7 so we’re down to 2 or 1.9. If we stopped land use change, we’d knock off another 1.7 billion tons. We’re down to less than a 1 billion Ton and we haven’t even reduced our emissions.”

“Forests and grasslands are absorbing half of the carbon of which they are capable… there are half as many trees on the planet as there were before the start of agriculture 10,000 years ago. Imagine If you were operating with half your organs.”

“The way to address (the twin emergency) is through pro-forestation, letting the most important existing, high-carbon, intact forests continue growing and protect large, intact, primary forests that are storing so much carbon for us today. These are the ones that will double, triple or in some cases quadruple the amount of carbon per hectare in the coming decades.”

Angelica Guerrero: Asociacion Ambiente y Sociedad and CLARA, Colombia, said:

“The concept of pro-forestation and irreversibility of damages has been part of indigenous and local community practices since they began to exist. Indigenous and local communities play an important role in effective conservation of intact forests. They have a very clear idea of how holistic these ecosystems are and the link that now exists between the biodiversity and climate crisis, the biggest risks we face as humans.”

“We need the recognition and respect of communities and for it to be reflected in the national planning processes for economic development. The biggest drivers of deforestation that act on community lands are external and are related to roads or oil exploitation.”

“Nature-based solutions with indigenous people and local communities not only make sense in terms of CO2 reduction or biodiversity protection but also in economic terms.”

Virginia Young, Griffith University and Australian Rainforest Conservation Society, said:

“The trajectory we are currently on, which is ongoing damage to natural ecosystems, loss of primary ecosystems, have an impact on climate as it releases greenhouse gas emissions so we are spiraling down at the moment. We can choose to spiral up by supporting indigenous communities in their struggle to protect their primary forests. We in the developed world have primary forests but they need better protection and they can be expanded. We can buffer, reconnect and rebuild ecosystem integrity across forests in Russia, Canada, the US, Australia and even Europe, which still has some old forests for resilient and stable climate outcomes.”

“Operating in silos in no longer reasonable. It’s no longer reasonable to treat biodiversity as a potential co-benefit of climate action in land and forests.”

“The conversation has started about the need to integrate the work of the biodiversity convention, the work of the UNFCCC, the World Heritage Convention, the UN Convention on desertification…that is something that we need to encourage as it is a critical part of delivering solutions for life on earth so we have healthy people on a healthy planet.”

Peg Putt, co-coordinator Climate Action Network, Ecosystems Working Group, said:

“The IPBES report says that natural solutions can provide 37% of mitigation. But clearly this is not being recognized at the moment in the actions that are being taken by parties or even by the narrative that is coming out of the UNFCCC and its meetings.”

“The Paris Agreement talks about supporting human rights, protecting biodiversity and ensuring ecosystem integrity. Parties need to include natural solutions in revised and enhanced NDCs (nationally determined contributions), these should appear as mitigation and adaptation actions.”

“This is vital to be activated in developed countries across the world in their forests and in their carbon-rich ecosystems. A huge proportion of forested land in the world is actually in developed countries who felt very comfortable pointing fingers at developing countries and telling them what they should do.”

“Forests of the US in South Carolina are being slaughtered and sent all over the world to be burned for biomass for energy production, that is actually equally emissive as burning coal.

Burning forests instead of keeping them to grow on and deliver the benefits of pulling that carbon out of the atmosphere is madness. It’s an opportunity cost that we cannot afford.”

Written by Hala Kilani, Senior Communications Coordinator, CAN

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Civil society calls on climate negotiators in Bonn to respond to the climate emergency

Bonn, 17 June 2019: On the first day of the Bonn climate meeting, SB50, Climate Action Network (CAN) members said negotiators must advance discussions on loss and damage, finance and climate ambition to adequately respond to the climate emergency that is affecting people.

To respond effectively to increasing climate impacts, this Bonn session must set strong terms of reference for the review of the Warsaw International Mechanism (WIM) due to happen later this year. The WIM was established in 2013 to address loss and damage incurred from climate impacts.

Negotiators must also deliver a finance package to help countries adapt to the fast-changing climate, deal with loss and damage caused by mounting impacts and provide support for developing countries to enhance their national targets by 2020.


Harjeet Singh, Global Climate Change Lead from ActionAid International said:

 “While developing countries are working towards climate proofing their economies or exploring new sectors that climate change opens for them, for developing countries and poor people it’s a fight for their survival and that’s why we are here.”

“Mozambique that was battered by two cyclones one after the other saw hundreds of people dying, millions of people rendered homeless and as we speak Mozambique is struggling to raise money, their need is around 3.2 billion USD, they are organizing pledging conferences but they are not getting enough support.”

“Coming from Delhi, it’s 48 degrees, Rajasthan state crossed 50 degrees. In the last 24 hours, 45 people have lost their lives to heatwaves. That’s the reality we are facing and it’s just 1 degree of warming causing this kind of havoc.”

On the WIM, Singh said it was mandated to generate finance for communities who are facing harsh realities so that they can be provided relief after facing impacts and helped to rebuild their lives:

“The fact is in the last six years, no system has been set to deliver support…Here in 2019 the institution (WIM) is up for review and in this session the terms of reference for this review need to be finalized.”

“We have now an opportunity to make sure that this institution is fit for purpose, it responds to realities people are facing on the ground…. The terms of reference need to be robust, comprehensive and forward-looking and that finance remains central.”

Eddy Perez, International Policy Analyst, Climate Action Network, Canada said:

“Climate finance is an obligation, we know that currently there are very big gaps concerning adaptation finance and how this finance is actually helping vulnerable countries respond to climate change.”

“There will not be implementation of NDCs (Nationally Determined Contributions) if there is no support because developing countries need that support to prepare and implement climate plans domestically.”

“At this moment where climate breakdown is more and more felt in every region, we need to see what outcomes will be delivered at these UNFCCC processes that will channel and mobilize sufficient funds for developing countries.”

“We need to make sure that finance remains at the top of the political agenda and not just a technical discussion within these rooms for that we need to look at this as a finance package.”

“We are one year away from the 2020 deadline where developed countries must say how they were able to mobilize USD 100 billion for adaptation and mitigation resources in a way that it respects the principles of the Paris Agreement.”

“At this SB50, we want to see contributor countries to the Green Climate Fund (GCF) say how they intend to scale up and provide resources to the GCF so by this fall in the replenishment summit we see an increase of funds to continue helping developing countries implement their NDCs”

“We have seen some signs from Germany and Norway to double their contribution, it’s time for other countries to step up and say how they intend to go beyond doubling their contribution to the Green Climate Fund.”

Yamide Dagnet, Director, UNFCCC, Climate Program World Resources Institute said:

“In such a context of climate emergency and ecological crisis, as our youth around the world keep reminding us every Friday, as my 10-year-old son reminds me every time I tell him goodbye to spend two weeks in climate negotiations, we need ambition, ambition, ambition.”

“The UN Secretary-General told heads of states from all countries to come prepared with concrete actions and plans to do much better than they ever did so far not incrementally but transformationally at scale, to scale up actions to reduce the temperature gap to avoid the losses and damages of a world of 2 or 3 degrees Celsius, to strengthen our current fragile resilience and align support to do this.”

“I wanted to highlight the notion of leaving no one behind, because for the first time this session is providing space to discuss how to make those efforts more just, taking into account human rights, the role of indigenous people, and how to make climate action more gender responsive… these can make things more transformational.”

Written by Hala Kilani, Senior Communications Coordinator, CAN

For information in Bonn, contact

Dharini Parthasarathy, Senior Communications Officer, Climate Action Network, +918826107830