Responding to the publication of the latest report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, Fionna Smyth, Head of Global Policy and Advocacy at Christian Aid, said:
“This report is a wake up call that shows we must address the root cause of the climate crisis by urgently cutting emissions. Emissions continue to go up and reversing that needs to be a global priority.
“Most of the people living on the front lines of the climate emergency have done the least to cause this problem. For example despite accounting for 17% of the world’s population, Africans contribute just 4% of global emissions. They need major emitters to take drastic action so that we can all have a safe and secure climate.
“The invasion of Ukraine and Russia’s control of European gas usage, has shown the folly of having a global economy reliant on fossil fuels. A shift towards decentralised, clean and ever cheaper renewables would help build a more peaceful world and also tackle the cause of the climate crisis.”