Climate Justice, Extractives & Renewable Energy
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) projects that under a business-as-usual scenario, carbon dioxide (CO2) levels, around 380 ppm in 2007, will increase to 450 ppm. Stabilization at this level will cause an increase in temperature of 2°C and any increase in temperature beyond this point will not sustain life on the planet. Thus climate change presents the biggest threat facing mankind today. Major adverse impacts of climate change include declining water resources; reduced agricultural productivity; spread of vector-borne diseases to new areas; changes in populations and distribution of biodiversity; and turbulent weather and climatic disasters.
There is growing consensus that the impact is intense in the Global South where communities usually rely on rain for their agricultural and other economic activities. Uneven rainfall causes severe flooding that swamps roads, residential places and fields. Droughts equally affect food production. This fluctuation threatens Global South’ livelihoods as many households depend on the agricultural harvests with over 70 per cent of the population living in rural areas and dependant on climate-sensitive livelihoods such as arable farming and livestock rearing among others.
Thus Advocates4Earth regards climate change as one of the most serious threats to the planet and its people and species and is also of the view that climate change has the potential to undermine many of the positive developments made by progressive humanity.
Efforts to address the Climate Change crisis have been made at various fora including the International platforms (CoPs) under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) process. Such efforts have a bearing on livelihoods on many as they are affected in one way or the other by the responses developed. Thus Advocates4Earth participates in the process through attendance (CoP24 Katowice, Poland and CoP25 Madrid, Spain), protest, research and critique.
- -Participation in CoP processes
- -Annual Youth Climate Change Summer School
- -Legal and Policy Research
- -Climate Litigation
- -Media and Documentary
- -No to Coal Campaigns