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Climate Leaders Summit in New York

Because our changing climate is affecting the lives of every citizen on the planet; Because our changing climate is especially impacting the world’s poor who are least responsible and least able to adapt;

Because climate change is threatening global water and food supplies and dramatically increasing public health risks; Because climate change is threatening livelihoods, increasing poverty, and widening the gap between rich and poor;

Because climate change is increasing food prices, contributing to social unrest, and is one of the biggest obstacles to sustainable development;

Because carbon pollution and climate change are causing the oceans to heat up and acidify, polar ice and permafrost to melt, and sea level to rise;

Because our current energy patterns are driving climate change, causing damaging air pollution, and driving other damages;

Because there are currently over 1.3 billion people without electricity access and over 2.7 billion people who depend on traditional biomass fuels for cooking and heating across the world;

Because the high consumption lifestyle of the wealthiest of the world population accounts for the inequality in access and overuse of natural resources than our planet can sustain;

Because the world’s forests are disappearing at an alarming rate, threatening the climate, biodiversity, and people;

Because the poorest not only lack the resources to adapt to the increasing threats of climate change, but also the means to lift themselves out of poverty in a climate constrained world;

Because current action is not putting the world on a path to address climate change;

Because we need deep and urgent action now, which is why we need all leaders to act aggressively now – we can’t afford to wait;

Because science tells us that we need a just transition to 100% clean renewable energy and to achieve a phase out of fossil fuel pollution as soon as possible and before 2050 if we want to avoid catastrophic climate change impacts;

Because there is an equally glaring gap between funds promised and funds delivered to help the poor mitigate and adapt to the growing impacts of climate change, while building resilience and enjoying a clean energy future for all;

Because governments still haven’t closed these gaps, ensuring all nations do their fair share in the collective effort that is needed;

Because our banks, pension funds and insurance companies continue to depend on unsustainable investment in fossil fuels;

And because the solutions are available now, and for every year we delay the costs of mitigation and adaptation keep rising;

We come together to ensure a just transition to a safe world collectively tackling the root causes of climate change, inequality, and poverty; a world where sustainable development is assured and all people are able to realize their rights; a world where the challenge posed by current economic and political systems that favour the elite, and concentrate power and prosperity in the hands of a few is adequately addressed. We also come together to transform production and consumption patterns so that they do not harm people and the planet.

The testament of our success is that concrete actions are taken now, agreements are ambitious, and leave no one behind. Our vision is a transformational shift that ensures intra- and intergenerational justice and enables everyone to live their lives in dignity, free from hunger, and in a way that protects the planetary systems required for survival of life on earth.

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