Addressing scientists at the International Center for Integrated Mountain Development in Nepal on Tuesday, September 6, UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Chair Dr. Rajendra K. Pachauri warned that sea level rise is the most dire, irreversible, and abrupt change humans can expect to witness if actions are not taken to contain and mitigate climate change.
His talk came after a visit to the Indian coastal region of Rameshwaram, where he noted signs that people were already being forced to migrate due to rising seas. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon spoke similarly, having just visited several of the low-lying island nations most at risk.
These included Kiribati, where he said that some villagers have already had to relocate as their land is either contaminated with salt water or has disappeared beneath the encroaching waves.
Secretary-General Ban stated, "Climate change is not about tomorrow. It is lapping at our feet – quite literally in Kiribati and elsewhere. ... Climate change is a distinct threat to humanity, it is even a threat to international peace and stability.”
Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General, United Nations: We are running out of time. By 2050, the population will reach 9 billion. That is a 50% increase compared with 2000.
By that time, we will have to reduce, we must reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 50 percent. This is what I call the 50-50-50 challenge.
We appreciate your deep concern, Your Excellencies, and your efforts to raise awareness about an increasingly perilous situation. May everyone realize the need to take rapid actions to preserve our beautiful earthly home.
Speaking at a December 2010 videoconference in the United Arab Emirates, Supreme Master Ching Hai addressed the devastating implications of climate change, as well as how to reverse its effects.
It’s not a very pleasant thing to inform your friends that their house is in danger, that their life is in danger.
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