On 28 February, the United Nations (UN) Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) published a report titled “Climate Change 2022: Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability“, which examines the impacts of climate change on nature and people around the globe and underlines the urgency of immediate and more ambitious climate action, focusing on equity and justice.
The report observes that, across sectors and regions, the most vulnerable people and systems are disproportionately affected by human-induced climate change. It also stresses the need for long-term, transformational adaptation to climate change and developing integrated, multi-sectoral solutions that address social inequities. Moreover, it recognises the important role of civil society in decision-making processes, financing and actions.
SOLIDAR welcomes the conclusions of this report, which underscore our view on climate action as an instrument to reduce social injustices, generate opportunities for the most disadvantaged and improve people’s wellbeing, quality of life and access to rights across all sectors and regions of the world. It provides overwhelming evidence that measures to guarantee social inclusion, justice, and equity are needed to tackle and mitigate the ongoing climate emergency. This must be done together with all relevant stakeholders, including civil society.