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GREENACCORD AND CLIMATE CHANGE
An abstract of today Greenaccord presentation in Brussels (only EN)
by Andrea Masullo
In 2003, during the First International Forum for Environmental Protection, opened by Prof.Rajendra Kumar Pachauri, more than 100 journalists from all over the world were invited byGreenaccord to Rapolano (Siena–Italy), where they signed a “Green Accord” for Journalists. Thetext began with the following considerations:We know the climate is changing, probably as a result of humanity’s pollution; species aredisappearing fast; deforestation is rampant; over-fishing is rife; water shortages are increasing;resource consumption is growing and so is the world’s population. Let us project ourselves ahundred years into the future. If we take the wrong path, we could face a world wheretemperatures have soared, with potentially devastating consequences for life as we know it.Economic activity would be severely disrupted. Mass migration of environmental refugees wouldbring misery to millions. People previously dependent on fish would face serious problems withnutrition. Grain belts may shift and food security be disrupted. More wars would erupt over naturalresources. The poor will bear the brunt, but no one will completely escape.Ten years have passed and too little step have been done to solve problem moving from words toactions. The last IPCC report SREX, unfortunately confirmed that there is evidence that someextremes have changed as a result of anthropogenic influences. Scientific analyses on differenttopics agree in considering that the next decades are crucial for the future of humanity.Anthropogenic pressures on the Earth System converge to a critical point and, by negativesynergy, risk to produce irreversible changes in parameters which have driven life on our planetduring the entire development of human civilization.The many IPCC conferences of the parties have produced poor results and no effective andbinding agreement. We are wasting time and time is very precious while climate change is growingfast and producing already dramatic extreme events and sufferings, especially to poor population.We think that an urgent global deal is needed to avoid the collapse of civilization and open a newera of progress for entire humanity and the financial and economic crises that industrialisedcountries are facing could be a great opportunity to solve both the economic and the climate crisis.We have to shift investments from fossils to low carbon technologies and solution.It is necessary to spread across the entire society the awareness that we are at a turning point.The challenge for climate change implies the need to phase out, as soon as possible, the currenteconomic system, which is predominantly supplied by fossil fuels and not by renewable and cleanenergy.Furthermore, it is needed to implement a more efficient economic system, focused on producinggoods that, in turn, are truly effective in producing well-being. If we want to continue to create wellbeingfor a future humanity, and extend it to the entire world population, we have to shift urgently toan economy based predominantly on renewable sources available locally.A radical change, such as the one mentioned above, implies a great economical, scientific, culturaland technological effort, which must be supported by a growing engagement in the research anddevelopment of new, clean and efficient technologies. The fear of change – which follows theillusion that we may carry on into the future while following the same patterns of the past, or theimpulse to stay put and wait for better times and a slower change, for the sake of not upsetting thecurrent economic equilibrium – really seems to be the major risk; the approaching dangerousphysical boundaries, and the timeframe needed to implement the energy revolution, implies anextreme urgency to immediately define and implement a coherent global strategy.In order to make such a strategy more effective, it is important to disseminate the correctperception of risks. The need for action concerns all humanity, and the responsibility lies within allsocial levels, whether political, economic, scientific, or individual.During the VII Greenaccord International Media Forum On The Protection Of Nature: “Climate ischanging: stories, facts and people”, held in 2009, more than 130 journalists, climate witnessesand scientist signed a Memorandum closed with the following resolution:Scientists, journalists, and all the witnesses who shared their personal experience of climatechange during the Greenaccord International Forum in Viterbo, ask all the parties involved in theUNFCCC Copenhagen Conference to draw a road map representing a binding agreement for atotal de-carbonization of the world economy before 2050, and every country must assume aresponsibility based on its emissions and its economic level. For their part, the Greenaccordparticipants vow to cooperate, in order to disseminate correct and accurate information on the risksrelated to climate change, and to make the public aware of the fact that their individualcontributions is as simple as adopting a more sustainable lifestyle.The Memorandum was signed in Bruxelles by Rajendra Pachauri, just before the CopenhagenConference.Greenaccord concern is absolutely tuned with the words of pope Francis when he said:The vocation of being a “protector”, however, is not just something involving us Christians alone; italso has a prior dimension which is simply human, involving everyone. It means protecting allcreation, the beauty of the created world, as the Book of Genesis tells us and as Saint Francis ofAssisi showed us. It means respecting each of God’s creatures and respecting the environment inwhich we live. (Homily of Pope Francis, Saint Peter’s Square Tuesday, 19 March 2013 Solemnity of Saint

Greenaccord CEC BRU 171013GREENACCORD AND CLIMATE CHANGE

An abstract of today Greenaccord presentation in Brussels (only EN)
by Andrea Masullo
In 2003, during the First International Forum for Environmental Protection, opened by Prof.Rajendra Kumar Pachauri, more than 100 journalists from all over the world were invited byGreenaccord to Rapolano (Siena–Italy), where they signed a “Green Accord” for Journalists. Thetext began with the following considerations:We know the climate is changing, probably as a result of humanity’s pollution; species aredisappearing fast; deforestation is rampant; over-fishing is rife; water shortages are increasing;resource consumption is growing and so is the world’s population. Let us project ourselves ahundred years into the future. If we take the wrong path, we could face a world wheretemperatures have soared, with potentially devastating consequences for life as we know it.Economic activity would be severely disrupted. Mass migration of environmental refugees wouldbring misery to millions. People previously dependent on fish would face serious problems withnutrition. Grain belts may shift and food security be disrupted. More wars would erupt over naturalresources. The poor will bear the brunt, but no one will completely escape.Ten years have passed and too little step have been done to solve problem moving from words toactions. The last IPCC report SREX, unfortunately confirmed that there is evidence that someextremes have changed as a result of anthropogenic influences. Scientific analyses on differenttopics agree in considering that the next decades are crucial for the future of humanity.Anthropogenic pressures on the Earth System converge to a critical point and, by negativesynergy, risk to produce irreversible changes in parameters which have driven life on our planetduring the entire development of human civilization.The many IPCC conferences of the parties have produced poor results and no effective andbinding agreement. We are wasting time and time is very precious while climate change is growingfast and producing already dramatic extreme events and sufferings, especially to poor population.We think that an urgent global deal is needed to avoid the collapse of civilization and open a newera of progress for entire humanity and the financial and economic crises that industrialisedcountries are facing could be a great opportunity to solve both the economic and the climate crisis.We have to shift investments from fossils to low carbon technologies and solution.It is necessary to spread across the entire society the awareness that we are at a turning point.The challenge for climate change implies the need to phase out, as soon as possible, the currenteconomic system, which is predominantly supplied by fossil fuels and not by renewable and cleanenergy.Furthermore, it is needed to implement a more efficient economic system, focused on producinggoods that, in turn, are truly effective in producing well-being. If we want to continue to create wellbeingfor a future humanity, and extend it to the entire world population, we have to shift urgently toan economy based predominantly on renewable sources available locally.A radical change, such as the one mentioned above, implies a great economical, scientific, culturaland technological effort, which must be supported by a growing engagement in the research anddevelopment of new, clean and efficient technologies. The fear of change – which follows theillusion that we may carry on into the future while following the same patterns of the past, or theimpulse to stay put and wait for better times and a slower change, for the sake of not upsetting thecurrent economic equilibrium – really seems to be the major risk; the approaching dangerousphysical boundaries, and the timeframe needed to implement the energy revolution, implies anextreme urgency to immediately define and implement a coherent global strategy.In order to make such a strategy more effective, it is important to disseminate the correctperception of risks. The need for action concerns all humanity, and the responsibility lies within allsocial levels, whether political, economic, scientific, or individual.During the VII Greenaccord International Media Forum On The Protection Of Nature: “Climate ischanging: stories, facts and people”, held in 2009, more than 130 journalists, climate witnessesand scientist signed a Memorandum closed with the following resolution:Scientists, journalists, and all the witnesses who shared their personal experience of climatechange during the Greenaccord International Forum in Viterbo, ask all the parties involved in theUNFCCC Copenhagen Conference to draw a road map representing a binding agreement for atotal de-carbonization of the world economy before 2050, and every country must assume aresponsibility based on its emissions and its economic level. For their part, the Greenaccordparticipants vow to cooperate, in order to disseminate correct and accurate information on the risksrelated to climate change, and to make the public aware of the fact that their individualcontributions is as simple as adopting a more sustainable lifestyle.The Memorandum was signed in Bruxelles by Rajendra Pachauri, just before the CopenhagenConference.Greenaccord concern is absolutely tuned with the words of pope Francis when he said:The vocation of being a “protector”, however, is not just something involving us Christians alone; italso has a prior dimension which is simply human, involving everyone. It means protecting allcreation, the beauty of the created world, as the Book of Genesis tells us and as Saint Francis of Assisi showed us. It means respecting each of God’s creatures and respecting the environment inwhich we live. (Homily of Pope Francis, Saint Peter’s Square Tuesday, 19 March 2013 Solemnity of Saint

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