An attempt to attract the World Elders to face basic flaws in concern for Climate Change without tackling the underlying structures of human conceit and our disregard of the fundamental aspects of this planet’s life. If anyone feels able to rub the point in or present it more cogently and competently please act promptly while Mary Robinson’s strong words in today’s news broadcasts remain in mind. Peter
From: Peter Challen <email@example.com>
Date: Mon, 8 Oct 2018 at 14:14
Subject: Re: 1.5ºC/IPCC: Urgent changes needed to reach target
To: World Elders <firstname.lastname@example.org>
FAO Mary Robinson
Thank you for stark warnings about the Mantra ‘1.5 to stay alive’. It is a profound worry that for all the anxiety and analysis around climate change, few tackle the underlying issue.
Our world faces a complex and sometimes bewildering array of interconnected political and social challenges. The activities of The Elders over the past month gives a brief snapshot: we have engaged on health reform in India, climate change in California, and conflicts, human rights protection and global governance at the UN General Assembly in New York.
We also still keenly feel the loss of our late Chair, Kofi Annan, whose remarkable life was honoured with a state funeral in Ghana, and memorial events at the UN in New York and Geneva where several Elders attended. In all our activities in September, and in all we will undertake in the coming months, Kofi remains a constant source of inspiration as we work to support peace, justice and human rights.
Kofi called climate change “the great existential threat of our time”, and the new report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released today shows starkly how much more we all need to do to reach the target of keeping global temperature rises to 1.5 degrees.
I have recently returned from California, a part of the world already feeling the impact of climate change, most recently demonstrated in their most destructive and expensive wildfire season on record.
The Elders react to IPCC report
On 24 September, at the high level Nelson Mandela Peace Summit in New York, Graça Machel addressed world leaders and presented a publication of 100 Ideas for a Freer, Fairer World grounded in the work of 100 Sparks of Hope brought together by the #WalkTogether campaign.