CHANGE THE LAW, NOT THE STRAW
Official Climate Statement of the Global Climate Director
The NEXUS Exchange Ltd
Climate change is here, and it’s affecting us all now!
According to a Europe-based non-profit DARA, some 400,000 people die each year due to
factors influenced by changing climate patterns. Even more alarming is knowing that
“humanity has only 12 years left to limit the impending climate change catastrophe”
according to the United Nations.
Climate change is not just an environmental challenge; it does as well pose threats to the
economy, public health, and even peace and security. Stronger typhoons, longer periods
of drought, rising sea levels, social unrest and disorder, and the proliferation of air-borne
diseases—these are just some of the staggering effects of climate disruption.
Climate action goes way beyond using metal straws.
We have seen efforts from nation states all around the world to address the climate crisis by reducing our carbon emissions globally. In December 2015, 175 member-parties signed the Paris Agreement—a binding document aiming to limit the global temperature rise this century to well below 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels and to pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase even further to 1.5 degrees Celsius.
But while the historic global pact served as a major win especially for developing countries most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change, we still have to do so much more to save our planet from an imminent environmental collapse.
Now more than ever, the youth need to step up their level of participation and increase their sense of social responsibility. Young people play an instrumental role in pressuring our governments to prioritize climate mitigation and adaptation programs and have them reflected in our policies and legislative measures. We need to influence the ongoing climate discussions and set the direction of the global climate agenda.
We have to change the law, not just the straw.
Roy Joseph R. Roberto
Global Climate Director, Nexus Exchange Ltd
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