The Scientific Reality of Climate Change: Mobilising Grassroots Initiatives
Sunday April 24, 17:00 hrs, Teatro Ocampo, Av. Hermenegildo Galeana #2, Downtown, Cuernavaca
Dr. Rajendra K. Pachauri
The Fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has brought out projections on how the Earth’s climate will change in the future if we make no efforts to reduce the emissions of greenhouse gases. The impact of climate change is already serious. Some regions of the world are particularly vulnerable, and would face serious risks if adequate and timely actions are not taken to deal with the problem. The Paris agreement is a major step forward, but is based on commitments made by several governments of the world, which, as they are, will not be adequate for maintaining temperature increase by the end of this century, below 2°C. There is, therefore, a need for grassroots awareness and action by which diverse societies across the globe will take timely and adequate action to ensure that countries move on a pathway to keep temperature increase below 2°C or even 1.5°C. The youth of the world would have to take leadership in bringing about such a grassroots movement.
*He was Chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change from 2002 to 2015, the organization was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007. He has been the Chief Executive of The Energy Resources Institute in New Delhi since 1982, first as Director, and then Director-General from April 2001 to February 7, 2016.