In September 2013, the world's leading scientists gave a stark warning about the planetary emergency we're facing: the impacts of climate change are here and will get worse unless we take immediate action.
You don't have to be a scientist to see the impacts of climate change.
Just after Typhoon Bopha devastated the Philippines last year, Yeb Saño, Head of the Philippines delegation, made an emotional plea at the climate talks in Doha. He said:
Please, no more delays, no more excuses... I ask of all of us here, if not us then who? If not now then when? If not here then where?
We are heading for a catastrophic temperature rise of 4 degrees celsius unless we doing something to change it.
Warsaw climate talks and Super Typhoon Haiyan
This year, as the Warsaw climate talks begin, the Philippines are dealing with the aftermath of Super Typhoon Haiyan. The greater the amount of warming the more extreme these sorts of weather events are likely to be in future. Once again, Mr Saño addressed the conference, saying:
What my country is going through as a result of this extreme climate event is madness.
While world leaders continue to stick their heads in the sand, Friends of the Earth has been helping millions around the world to come together for a month of action on energy.
But the Polish Government is ignoring the world's people at the UN climate talks in Warsaw.
Instead it's supporting dirty energy companies, giving them direct influence in the talks as well as sponsorship for everything from pens to drinking water.
We can't let rich countries continue to:
- Put the interests of dirty energy companies before people and planet
- Push carbon emissions cuts on to poor countries
- Break promises made at previous climate talks
- Fail to provide climate finance for poor countries to adapt to climate change and develop cleanly
The typhoon should serve as a reminder... the impacts of climate change are becoming more frequent and devastating day by day.
Jagoda Munic, Chair of Friends of the Earth International
We must be stronger
Governments are not acting fast enough. We must unite nationally, regionally and globally to pressure them to act.
Friends of the Earth is working with others to help build a global climate campaign. Together with our international family, we are pushing for:
- A new “Loss and Damage Mechanism" to give compensation for those affected by climate change
- An increase to EU emission targets
- Carbon emissions cuts in line with science and justice
- Rich countries to provide finance and technology so that poorer ones can act
- Smart ways to finance the Green Climate Fund - not risky carbon trading schemes
- Clean and affordable energy as a solution to energy poverty
- An immediate ban on all new dirty energy projects including fracking
- Compensation for those affected by climate change
The UK government must do its bit and show leadership by setting science-based targets to decarbonise its own economy.
To keep up to date with what is happening in Warsaw, you can:
- Follow our campaigner on the ground, Asad Rehman on twitter @chilledasad100 and Friends of the Earth Europe @foeeuopre
- Follow Young Friends of the Earth on Flickr
- Sign up to our International Climate Hub