As politicians and experts debate the past and future challenges of aligning with the Paris Agreement’s 1.5°C target, climate activists outside COP28 in Dubai say not enough is being done to combat the climate crisis.
Negotiators at COP28 summit in Dubai have produced the Global Stocktake, which aims to become the central document of the talks.
It will provide guidance on analyzing what has happened since the 2015 Paris climate agreement, how far off track it is and what can be done to fix things, providing a basis for moving forward.
Staying aligned with the Objective 2015 Negotiators’ main goal is a maximum of 1.5°C above current temperatures.
“There will have to be substantial progress in reducing emissions and creating a decarbonisation trajectory that gets us aligned with 1.5 by 2030, so we have seven years to do that,” says Adnan Amin, CEO of COP28. “So either we can get bogged down in debates about language, or we can find practical ways to achieve this.”
“The frustration levels are really high”
Many protesters outside the venue share Amin’s determination, but not his enthusiasm.
“People’s frustration level with these conferences is really high,” deplores Lydinyda Nacpil, an activist with the Asian People’s Movement for Debt and Development. “Indeed, some have lost all hope in this process. But we are here because we believe that we cannot solve the problem if governments do not act.”
She insists that the problem is global, but that governments are the ones with the power to act.
Activists are pushing for a complete phase-out fossil fuelswhich according to them is the only way to tackle the climate warming crisis.