"The exigency of this situation must not lead us to despair, rather it should propel us into action." - Mary Robinson
The climate crisis is not a looming threat, people are now living with the consequences of centuries of greenhouse gas emissions. A failure to act urgently now will mean a reverse in development gains for the poorest and most vulnerable people in society, an erosion of biodiversity, increasing difficulties in providing food and shelter, as well as the potential loss of entire countries due to the impacts of climate change.
"As the scientific evidence mounts, so too does the need to address the concerns vulnerable countries are raising around loss and damage and adaptation finance." - Ellen Johnson Sirleaf
The Elders stand firmly behind the goal of limiting climate change to 1.5 degrees.
A just approach to tackling climate change means not only that the most vulnerable are able to participate fully in efforts to address the climate crisis; but that richer countries help poorer countries to adapt to the impacts of climate change, contributing more towards developing low-carbon solutions, and providing funding and access to this technology.