IBON Key Asks at COP-18 states: People of the world are demanding from the world's leaders gathered at COP18 an ambitious, equitable and binding framework to address this planetary emergency.
The world is facing a serious planetary emergency due to the destabilization of the Earth’s climate caused by the accumulation of greenhouse gasses emitted principally by rich industrialised counties over the last century-and-a-half. Five million people are predicted to die each year from now until 2020 due to droughts, floods,rising sea levels, desertification, disease, extreme weather events and disasters induced by climate change.
In this light people of the world are demanding from the world's leaders gathered at COP18 an ambitious, equitable and binding framework to address this planetary emergency.
Ambition and equity are the overarching principles that the world must see at COP18. Ambition in cutting emissions must be counterbalanced by equity in doing so, and funding to ensure the poorest can survive impacts of climate change they did not create. This must all be framed by a binding, legally enforceable framework. [To download the full IBON Key Asks for COP18 document, click here.]