Port of Spain, September 22nd, 2021 – As world leaders meet at the 76th United Nations General Assembly this week, and prepare for COP26 in November, the Caribbean Natural Resources Institute (CANARI) joins the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS) and Caribbean governments and civil society in calling for urgent attention and strengthened commitments from countries to set ambitious emissions targets for 2030 and reach net zero by 2050 to limit global temperature to 1.5˚C and tackle the climate crisis.
The findings from the latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) sixth assessment report[i] are clear and highlight the need for urgency. Greenhouse gas emissions from human activity are driving widespread and unprecedented changes in our climate. An increase of over 1˚C in global temperature above 1850-1900 levels has already been observed between 2010-2019. Further, under the five emission scenarios ranging from business-as-usual to a future with ambitious emission cuts, a dangerous increase of 2˚C or more above 1850-1900 levels is projected by 2100.
According to the report, the critical 1.5˚C goal of the Paris Agreement will be exceeded during the 21st century unless there are deep reductions in global greenhouse gas emissions in the coming decades.
Photo: Destruction caused by Hurricane Dorian in The Bahamas in 2019. Photo credit: Ministry of Defense, The Netherlands/Wikimedia Commons