Heading for higher ground: Climate crisis, migration and the need for justice and system change re-launch

Posted on 22 April 2016

April 22, 2016, Earth Day, IBON International is re-launching this video, " Heading for Higher Ground: Climate Crisis, migration, and the need for justice and system change " to signify our solidarity with migrants and refugees who are forced to leave from their homes due to poverty, wars and conflicts, and climate change. 

On this day, the international community will witness a roadshow of 155 countries and world leaders convening in a high-level signing ceremony for the corporate-driven Paris Agreement - with diminished historical responsibility of advanced industrialized countries - which will be implemented in 2020. And even when all these countries sign the agreement, the pledged contributions is not enough to limit warming to 1.5°C and will not decisively solve the climate crisis. 

To this day, rising sea levels, frequency of extreme weather events such as droughts, floods, cyclones, etc. are becoming the new normal and there is a need for urgent and ambitious solution. Science has already proven that human economic activities are the main drivers of climate change, yet multinational corporations continue to dominate and influence governments and continue to expand and operate extractive industries in poor and developing countries. Today, the lack of political will and corporate greed is putting everyone, especially those from the South, at the losing end of this crisis. What then are we really celebrating on Earth Day? 

Let us take a look back at what's really at stake for majority of the people struggling everyday to keep up with the burden of poverty and climate change. Today we reiterate the voices of those in the frontlines of the climate crisis - the voices of women and children, indigenous peoples, farmers, and communities. Today we signify our international solidarity for a just and sustainable world.

IBON International aims to contribute to the strengthening of the growing mass movements by relaunching the video in English, Spanish, French and Bahasa which can be used in study sessions, organizing and mobilizing for climate justice and system change.



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