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Climate change report calls for urgent action

We have today (8th October 2018) welcomed one of the most significant warnings about the impact of climate change to be published in 20 years. It calls for urgent action across the globe to limit the impact of global warming and the important role we all have to play in this transition.

Published by the UN’s scientific body, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the report is one of the most robust and widely-consulted pieces of research in recent years. It highlights the rapid, far-reaching and unprecedented changes required from across society to limit global warming to 1.5 °C.

The report says there must be rapid and significant changes in four big global systems: energy, land use, cities and industry. It calls for individual behaviour change to help meet these targets – particularly by changing the way we all live. We all have a part to play in protecting our planet and through collective action we can make a difference. But we need to act now, before it’s too late.

The report highlights the risks if global temperatures continue to rise and the consequences we are already seeing. It also focuses on the clear benefits of limiting global warming for both people and natural ecosystems, for example at a 2°C increase, over 99% of all coral reefs are likely to be severely damaged or destroyed, but with global temperatures limited to an increase of 1.5°C, 30% could be saved.

We particularly welcome the attention given to behaviour change and lifestyle throughout the report, and the consideration given to the Sustainable Development Goals, or Global Goals. We support the ambitions of the Global Goals, an international action plan to set out a positive vision for the future to tackle poverty and inequality and promote sustainable development across the world.

Urgent action is required - by changing our behaviours we can all help to meet the changes called for in the IPCC report and limit the damage being caused to our planet.

08 October 2018

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