Governments Must Act Urgently Against Climate Change
Washington Post: This is absolutely unacceptable
Christiana Figueres, former executive secretary of the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change
“…A recent World Health Organization report said that nine out of 10 people on the planet breathe dangerous air, and an estimated seven million premature deaths a year are caused by air pollution-related diseases, including stroke and heart disease, respiratory illness, and cancer. … The most vulnerable people are impacted the hardest. Fossil fuel combustion byproducts have been deemed one of the most serious threats to children’s health and global equality. … Carrying on along this trajectory is irresponsible and absolutely unacceptable. … Governments everywhere can reap enormous benefits, including saving billions of dollars on health care, by fostering a shift to electric transport, eliminating fossil fuel subsidies, and scaling ecosystem restoration … However, to do this within the window of time we have left to avoid the worst impacts of climate change, we must act with boldness and unprecedented urgency…” (9/12).