At the UN Human Rights Council, Humanists International asserted the urgent need to accept climate science, and to face squarely the potentially catastrophic global impacts of global warming and biodiversity loss. Humanists International Director of Advocacy, Elizabeth O’Casey, comments:
“It it about time that member States recognized that any debate on climate change is long over. There is nothing to lose and everything to gain from accepting what the science is telling us about how we are heating up the Earth, changing the climate more rapidly than we can keep up with, let alone the capacity of other living things to adapt, and so we are driving many thousands of species toward extinction and threatening the very fabric of human civilization.”
The Reykjavik Declaration on the Climate Change Crisis commends the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, the 2017 Paris Agreement, and the 2017 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP23), and expresses support for “a global transition to new ways of using resources and new means of generating energy that will be socially and environmentally sustainable” and in particular “urgent action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and make land-use and resource extraction sustainable, and to protect and conserve wild habitats”.
See statement from Humanists International here.