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‘The climate crisis is just not unstoppable’


The 1.5°C climate pledge is on life support. And the world’s largest corporations and richest nations must step up to speed. 

We’re used to broken climate guarantees. On the 2015 Paris Agreement, developed nations promised $100 billion per yr to fund initiatives tackling the consequences of climate change. That concentrate on has been missed by several billions of dollars. 

In 2022, UN secretary-general António Guterres said we’re “sleepwalking to climate catastrophe”. But considered one of the awful things is that we’re not sleepwalking. We’re aware of the science, the maths, the very real impact of the climate crisis – and yet world leaders seem relatively slack, occasionally making a speech or two and hoping it’ll fix itself.

Like world leaders, too many individuals seem satisfied with the concept that governments have things in hand. Yes, things are being done and tangible, implementable initiatives are more common that this time last yr. But we’re still not on track to mitigate global greenhouse gas emissions and cut down on fossil fuels. 

The narrative around climate is overwhelmingly negative for very clear reasons. But that negativity and pessimism is fuelling inactivity and a deadly bury-your-head-in-the-sand attitude.


Yuval Noah Harari – a historian who’s currently making a powerful stand against the awful attempts of the Israeli government to limit the powers of the Supreme Court – was the primary to make me think concerning the importance of storytelling and narrative when facing problems on a world scale.

Harari believes that “we now have a narrative problem with climate change” as we’re up against a non-human enemy. The success of humans collaborating at a big scale is the ability of excellent stories. 

Changing the climate narrative is very important if we wish international collaboration. We’d like to simply accept that we’re all hypocrites in relation to the climate. It’s near not possible to haven’t any negative impact on our planet during our lifetime. The ‘perfect’ environmentalist doesn’t exist. It’s a problem beyond individuals which requires individual actions. 

But not one which’s so overwhelming that it becomes something we will’t handle. Like Harari, I believe we’d like to give attention to investing two per cent of worldwide GDP – around $2.25 trillion in 2023 – on stopping climate disasters.  

In the intervening time, we’re investing slightly below 1.5 per cent of worldwide GDP, so a final push is required. It’s not too difficult and a small amount to allocate for something that may save humanity. Shifting budgets is what politicians do, that is doable. 


In accordance with Sapienship the social impact company founded by Harari and Itzak Yahav, ‘With a consistent investment of just two per cent, a carbon-neutral economy may very well be created by 2050’. And the International Monetary Fund (IMF) found that direct and indirect fossil fuel subsidies add as much as over seven per cent of worldwide GDP every yr. That cash might be higher spent.

The IPCC’s 2018 report stated that to remain under 1.5°C, three per cent of worldwide GDP must be invested in clean energy, stopping further climate catastrophes. Since 2018, one per cent is spent on clean energy. Only two per cent more is required.

I’ve been lucky to work with many individuals directly and not directly on the UNDP and wider UN who’re committed to climate emergency initiatives. The UNDP is working on the bottom with over 120 countries to step as much as the challenges that the climate crisis poses. 

The UN is providing assistance, helping nations with adapting to a greener economy, generating sustainable energy, attending to grips with net zero pathways, and more. Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) – countries’ self-defined climate pledges made on the Paris Agreement – are being supported by the UNDP, every detail is being planned and implemented.

This work is made possible partly resulting from countries just like the UK, Sweden and Japan. The UNDP’s work is a step in the suitable direction but we’ve still got some technique to go before giving ourselves a pat on the back. 

Let’s be positive. The climate crisis is just not unstoppable. We are able to stop it. We just must put more pressure on world leaders to do more and hold governments to account, starting with investing just two per cent of worldwide GDP on preventative measures.  Many world leaders are listening, now they need to act.

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Joshua Lizarraga Curiel is a UN speechwriter and communications adviser.


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