Reaction to world leader speeches on opening day of Paris climate talks

Reacting to Obama and other world leader statements at the Paris climate talks, Harjeet Singh, ActionAid’s Climate Policy Manager, said:

"World leaders sent a clear message today that climate change is no longer a distant reality. The damage to rising seas and increasing typhoons is the present and it’s tearing apart the lives of some of the poorest and most vulnerable people on the planet. Obama and many other leaders should be commended for shining a spotlight on the plight of the world’s poorest.

"Leaders have now thrown themselves a gauntlet to address the current and devastating impact of climate change over the next two weeks.  The same rich countries speaking up for the world’s most vulnerable now urgently need to match their words with action – and what they have put on the table so far is not anywhere near their fair share of climate action. Countries must agree to keep warming to below 1.5 degrees, provide adequate money to help poor countries adapt, and include clear and unequivocal lines on tackling the current and future loss and damage in the agreement."

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Editors' notes

Available today, together with WWF and CARE, ActionAid releases a report on the real and current impacts of climate change and what needs to be done to tackle it in the Paris agreement.  You can find the report online here: http://www.actionaid.org/publications/loss-and-damage-climate-reality-21st-century

For more information, interviews and briefings, please contactGrace Cahill in Paris on grace.cahill@actionaid.org or +44 7734 131 626 (UK roaming).

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