ActionAid Ireland says climate action must move into higher gear following release of alarming new climate data

  • Date: 09/07/2024
  • Author: ActionAid Ireland
Dry landscape in Elginised village,Somaliland. Amina ibrahim Koshin,80, one of the elders in the village says she remebers it green and not grey and dry

Climate action must move into a much higher gear if we want to avert runaway climate breakdown, ActionAid Ireland said today.

Commenting on new data by Copernicus Climate Change Service, which revealed that average global temperatures have been 1.5°C degrees above pre-industrial levels for a year, ActionAid Ireland CEO, Karol Balfe, said:

“The nightmare of climate change is now real as intolerable heatwaves, devastating cyclones, and ecosystem losses spread across the planet. The fundamental injustice of climate change is that millions of the poorest people across Africa, Asia, and Latin America who have done the least to cause the problem are forced to suffer the worst impacts.”

Saying that the new data is “a terrible warning that climate action has to move into a much higher gear” Ms Balfe said the issue of a new goal for climate finance will be on the table at the COP29 climate talks in Baku, Azerbaijan later this year.

“If we want to avert runaway climate breakdown, the wealthiest polluting countries need to stop fuelling the fire and agree to pay to clean up the havoc that they are unleashing on the rest of the world.” she said.

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