Climate Change

From burning forests to sweltering cities, parched farmlands to storm-battered coasts, climate change is taking a mounting toll on lives and livelihoods around the globe. Unless governments act boldly – and quickly – to massively reduce greenhouse gas emissions, increasing global temperatures will cause more severe heat, droughts, and storms. By 2050, more than a billion people living on small islands and in low-lying coastal communities and settlements are projected to be at risk from sea level rise and extreme weather. The capacity of states to protect the rights of the most at-risk populations could be severely strained and, in many places, broken. Our ability to avert this dystopian future will likely depend, in large measure, on what governments do to uphold the rights of people today – those already enduring the impacts of climate change and those opposing the industries that cause it.