By Published On: August 9, 2021

Unceded Algonquin Anishinaabe Territories [OTTAWA], 9 August 2021:

Today, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Working Group 1 released its report on the physical science basis of climate change. UN Secretary-General António Guterres called the report a “code red for humanity.”

Eddy Pérez, International Climate Diplomacy Manager at Climate Action Network – Réseau action climat Canada, issued the following statement:

“This report confirms that limiting global warming to 1.5C is simply not negotiable. It is the only choice for a safe and healthy future, and it’s still possible. We need to fight to restore our broken relationship with nature and with ourselves; we need to fight back against any delays to urgent climate action.

“This report has significant implications for Canada, where temperature changes are expected to be significantly higher than the global average. As one of the world’s top emitters and a major exporter of fossil fuels, we have both the responsibility and the power to make a difference. It’s clearer than ever that we must cut emissions in half this decade, rapidly decarbonize all sectors of the economy, and phase out fossil fuels.

“It’s crucial to remember that every tonne of emissions, every fraction of a degree, has a direct impact on people’s lives. Every action we take this decade to curb climate change makes us all safer, now and for thousands of years to come.”

-30-

Canada’s farthest-reaching network of organizations working on climate change and energy issues, Climate Action Network – Réseau Action Climat is a coalition of more than 130 organizations operating from coast to coast to coast. Our membership brings environmental groups together with trade unions, First Nations, social justice, development, health and youth organizations, faith groups and local, grassroots initiatives.

For media inquiries:

Vicky Coo, communications lead, Climate Action Network

vickycoo@climateactionnetwork.ca, 613-203-3272

Photo credit: PETROS KARADJIAS/THE ASSOCIATED PRESS