Caption: The group of community doing the preparation marching for climate justice in Timor-Leste. [Foto: Zevonia Vieira | 23.09.2019]
Related to the climate crisis is affecting us all, which affect in the world, civic society with community will realize marching for Climate Justice in Timor-Leste.
Concerned citizens of Timor-Leste will march as part of the Global Climate Strike movement that brings together millions of people across the world.
The world is facing a climate crisis. The increasing number and frequency of extreme weather events around the globe are causing destruction: catastrophic fires in the Amazon and Indonesia, temperature and sea levels rising, and storms of intensity we have never seen before.
Related to data, Timor-Leste is seventh on a global list of countries most prone to natural disasters. The clear evidence of a changing climate and unpredictable weather conditions in Timor-Leste include longer dry seasons, more droughts, flooding and landslides, and increasing coastal erosion affecting more and more people. Farmers, the poorest people in Timor-Leste, are experiencing crop losses, water scarcity, food insecurity, reducing their income and increasing hunger. The impact on livelihoods results in children being removed from school and increased rural–urban migration. Women and those most vulnerable, such as persons with disabilities, often experience the worst of the effects. The climate crisis is placing Timorese farmers and households, already living in poverty, under extreme pressure.
“Fighting climate change and fighting poverty should go hand in hand, as the poorest people in the most vulnerable countries are paying the heaviest price. Governments around the world should invest in smart climate solutions to make communities more resilient, such as community-based renewable energy schemes and helping small-holder farmers conserve soil and water. In 2015 Timor-Leste was one of the first countries to endorse the UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the SDGs, and number 13 is to take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts. Affordable solutions can increase adaptability in communities and lower emissions”, explain on press release, 22/09
At the 2015 UN Climate Summit in Paris governments pledged to cut their emissions to keep global temperatures from rising above 1.5° Celsius: these commitments are not being honoured. There is an urgent need for countries to act to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions so this target can be met before it is too late. There are solutions but these require the political will and unity to deliver them. We need as many people as possible to demand action, which is why Timor-Leste is standing together with the Global Climate Strike movement.
The people marching for climate justice call on Timor-Leste’s government to, reinforce the law on phasing out the importation and sale of single-use plastic and invest in developing the infrastructure to provide safe drinking water for everyone. Commit to and invest in sustainable renewable energy production. Ensure there are environmental assessments and management plans for all new public and commercial infrastructure projects, and enforce strict environmental laws for implementation that do not impact negatively on people’s lives and land.
Develop an accessible, inexpensive public transport system for all areas in Timor-Leste. Invest, promote and support sustainable projects to protect the environment and for sustainable land management, including using permaculture techniques and culturally appropriate approaches for conservation such as Tara Bandu. Integrate climate adaptation and disaster risk-reduction approaches into all agriculture and development work.
Budget for and implement the National Adaptation Programme of Action on Climate Change. Establish a national Early Warning System for slow and rapid onset disasters, from national to local levels, which is accessible for all and considers local traditional knowledge. Ensure government disaster management systems and structures at the national and municipal level are functioning and are inclusive of women and persons with disabilities and Recognise that women, girls and vulnerable groups, such as persons with disabilities, are the most affected by the climate crisis, and so they need specific services and programs to support them.
They also ask all international governments to honour the Paris Agreement commitment to keep global temperatures below 1.5° Celsius through producing or revising their national plans to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions by 45% over the next decade. Consider that most developed countries, such as Australia, Brazil, India, Russia, China and the United States, have greater responsibility for causing the climate crisis, while Timor-Leste and other developing countries are feeling its effects the most on the climate frontline.
So developed countries should take the lead in reducing their emissions. Support developing countries by financing, sharing technology and building capacity to help adaptation and to strengthen resilience. Assist developing countries to reduce their future emissions through sharing technology, and financing zero emissions renewable energy and low-carbon agriculture and work together using the principles of equity, mutual respect, and climate justice.
It is the first time Timor-Leste has joined the global action, starting from Palacio governo to new B.J Habibie Bridge, Bidau on 24 of September 14:30pm. * [ Zevonia Vieira | TAFARA.TL | 23.09.2019 ]