Climate Change is a looming global threat. It endangers not only all of our ecosystems, communities, and cultures, but the future of humanity itself.
The grave impacts of global warming are differentiated across countries and hemispheres. The hardest hit are the geographically and economically vulnerable communities, which have little resources and the least access to support, technology, basic social services and financial resources to respond to impacts of Climate Change.
This is a stark reality in the Asia-Pacific region, the largest and most populous continent worldwide with almost 4 billion people or 60% of the world’s population. Here, a significant portion of the population live in low-lying areas or in dangerous hilly terrains and small islands which are most vulnerable to sea level rise, flooding, diseases, drought, super typhoons and other extreme weather events. These areas are often home to the most destitute peoples of the globe, such as peasants, rural women, indigenous peoples, fisher folk, and urban poor, already reeling from the negative impacts of globalization.
Policies, programs and funds to help alleviate their plight are hardly coming to these people. They are left to fend for their own survival and parry the blows that these challenges have dealt on the natural resources, their livelihoods, and ways of living. The current climate negotiations, controlled by powerful world leaders, who represent the world's top emitters, have likewise failed to arrive at genuine solutions to lower greenhouse gas emissions to levels needed to stabilize our climate.
It is in this context that we bind ourselves together to promote learning and action on global environmental concerns to keep the fire of sustainable development burning.