WaterAid’s response to the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report
Jonathan Farr, Senior Policy Analyst for Climate Change at WaterAid said:
“The IPCC report delivers a clear warning that urgent action is needed to tackle the dangerous effects of climate change.
“While the report makes it clear that limiting average warming to 1.5°C will be challenging but not insurmountable, the world’s most vulnerable communities simply cannot wait for nations to reduce emissions; their lives are already being devastated by the relentless impacts of an environmental crisis they didn’t cause.
“The link between climate and water is clear. Longer droughts, extreme flooding, and rising sea levels are threatening people’s access to clean water, trapping them in a cycle of poverty.
“The UN climate conference this November cannot just be about empty promises around targets in ten or twenty years. The UK Government must make firm commitments to increase spending on supporting the world’s poorest people adapt to the climate emergency, so they have essential services, such as clean water, whatever the future may bring.”
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