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Climate Change Protest: World Not Doing Enough Support

Climate Change Protest. Extinction Rebellion and their efforts to create a car-free environment in the Cambridge city center Photo Isabel Realyvasquez

Climate Change Protest. Extinction Rebellion and their efforts to create a car-free environment in the Cambridge city center Photo Isabel Realyvasquez

The world not doing enough about climate change and inequality - UN report

The UN High-level Political Forum on sustainable development took place recently with 2000 participants from around the world. 

It was to evaluate the progress towards meeting the 17 sustainable development goals that the world bodies of 193 members states agreed for in 2015.

Major Information

In its report, the United Nations, the lack of ambition of the world governments in pursuing the 2030 sustainable development goals is mentioned. 

The aim of reducing inequality and countering climate change is not taken seriously by the world governments. The report reveals that 75% of children who suffer from stunt growth live in South Asia and Sub-saharan Africa. 

UN Economic and Social Affairs, Liu Zhenmin, said that time is running short of taking effective action on climate change. He also said that the report is highlighting Global problems and require Global Solutions. 

Just as the problems are interrelated the solutions to poverty, inequality, climate change and other Global challenges are obviously interlinked. 

Improvements 

However, there is some progress noted which includes reduction of extreme poverty levels, improved access to immunization and electricity, reduction in mortality among children who are five years below. The point is, it is not sufficient, and it should be much more ambitious and faster.

Major threats

Environment Degradation is increasing in various aspects, which includes sea level rise, ocean acidification, rise in temperature, extinction risk of 1 million plants and animal species and continuous degradation of land. 

There are people who still lack basic sanitation and are without reliable access to potable water. 

Need for Immediate response

The report also stresses that steps taken to combat climate change will also help in reducing poverty and inequality. Non-polluting sources of energy, reversing deforestation, sustainable agriculture can pull out nearly 80% of the people living in extreme poverty in rural areas.

Climate Change Protest: World Not Doing Enough Support