The UN Climate Change Conference COP 25 is taking place in Madrid 2 – 13 December 2019. The conference is designed to take the next crucial steps in the UN climate change process and to complete several matters with respect to the full operationalization of the Paris Climate Change Agreement which, to this date, 187 Parties have ratified of 197 Parties to the Convention. They pledged to reduce emissions and keep temperature rise well below 2° C (3.6° F).
António Guterres, the United Nations secretary general, said that while the world’s youth is showing “leadership” and “mobilisation” on the climate emergency, governments are showing lack of action, and are failing to keep up with the urgency of the problem despite increasing signs that the climate is reaching breakdown.
2020 is a crucial year. It is the year when countries should strengthen their commitments by setting new climate targets and plans in their Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) under the Paris Agreement.
Climate change is causing mountains (the water towers) to warm twice as fast as the rest of the world. Its consequences are before our eyes: glacier melting, thawing permafrost, landslides and rockfalls, extreme weather events, loss of biodiversity and so much more. But climate knows no geographical boundaries. We urge all the countries to raise climate action. We join the call for world leaders to come up with ambitious targets.
Mountain Wilderness de Ayllón, Guadarrama y Gredos is taking part in the March for the Climate on December 6th in Madrid. Mountain Wilderness International fully supports them and although not physically, we all will be there in spirit, on the streets of Madrid.
The March manifesto is available in Spanish and English at The World Woke Up Facing A Climate Emergency.
“Mountains and Climate Change: A Global Concern”, a FAO video on the importance of mountains.