1.5 degree C global warming, a call for Climate Justice

The official launch of the Inter-Governmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Special Report on the 1.5°C Global Warming in October of 2018 gave a clear warning to the world about the dangerous path and trajectory our Planet Earth is on unless global warming is limited to 1.5°C.  The report made clear that the World is on a 4.5°C global warming path which will lead to a ‘Hothouse Earth’, a planet that would not be able to sustain life as we know it, therefore calling for rapid and dramatic changes through adaptation and mitigation actions to meet the Paris 2°C and/or the 1.5°C aspirational goal of the Paris Agreement.  

Recognizing the importance of this publication as well as the impact of global warming on Ethiopia, LWF Ethiopia as part of its commitment to climate justice, contributed to the publication of two special reports to zoom in on the effects of climate change already being felt even at 1°C  and the devastating impact that even a .5°C global warming would have on Ethiopia and other least development countries (LDCS) which contributed little to global warming but are slated to continue to disproportionally bear the effects of climate change.

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