At the current rate of human activity, global warming is likely to reach a 1.5 degrees Celsius increase between 2030 and 2052.
The Paris talks proved that political success is possible, if leaders are given the right platform, if civil society mobilises behind them, and if the world acts in unison.
Philippines used its chairmanship of the Climate Vulnerable Forum (CVF) to fight to ensure that the 2015 Paris climate agreement aimed explicitly to cap global warming at 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels.
“Fast evolution of energy technologies brings renewables into competitive market. The technological advancement has led to a dramatic decline in renewable energy cost,” Phoumin Han, an Energy Economist with ERIA said.
The health implications of human-induced environmental change are largely being overlooked, while future generations’ quality of life is being mortgaged for economic gain.