WASHINGTON (August 9, 2021) – The United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released its latest report on the science of climate change Monday, finding it “unequivocal that human influence has warmed the atmosphere, ocean and land.” The following statement can be attributed to Deeohn Ferris, President of the Institute for Sustainable Communities.
“Fourteen thousand esteemed scientists declared a Code Red climate change emergency in the recently released report from the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Because climate change, environmental impacts and economic and social inequity are inextricably linked, the report and the realities of increasingly worsening heatwaves, storms, fires and floods are most worrisome for economically, socially and environmentally marginalized people.
“Throughout the developing world, and in low-income urban and rural communities across the U.S, the United Nations and the global climate community are calling for ambitious action; we must respond in unison. Wrestling with the life-altering effects of climate change requires smart, strategic global development investments by assisting Code Red communities build resilience to extreme weather and adapt for the future. We have a responsibility to the planet and each other to make bold, smart, strategic investments that mitigate greenhouse gases and pollution emissions and help communities build resilience to extreme weather and adapt for the future.
“Time is not on our side. Centering frontline communities at the core of climate change solutions, tackling equity and the racial, social, and economic root causes of environmental and health disparities puts people first.”