Our day in Santo Domingo started off with a lecture presented by Carla Pimental, a Climate Change Analyst, who represented the National Council for Climate Change and discussed issues facing the DR and what they are doing to combat them. The DR is the tenth most affected country in the world by climate change and so this council was created as an instrument of public policy coordination to mitigate adverse effects of climate change for the country. Through governmental ministries, public and private institutions, and the private sector the council seeks to improve the standard of human health, health of natural ecosystems, and make climate change a priority issue in government by 2030. Major issues facing the DR, exacerbated by climate change, include; water scarcity, energy consumption and reduction, loss of natural landscapes, and economic infrastructure. By being a part of the Paris Agreement, the DR has established measures for reduction of greenhouse gases and has developed a National Adaptation Plan to improve water security, to build a climate change- proof infrastructure, to provide healthy ecosystems, and to increase biodiversity by using sustainable coastal-marine resources. For the first time in the country, environmental and climate change impacts have been added to the national development and sustainable development goals. In this way, we were able to see how programs like this one with the right intentions and backing of larger entities can really make a difference. This council wants to reach out and help more than just the DR, which has agreed to reduce emissions by 25% from their baseline scenario. Unfortunately, the environmental ministry receives the least amount of funding from the government so in order to truly make a difference, education and outreach are currently the most productive way of getting their message across. #ministryofenvironment#santodomingo#climatechange#parisagreement
Scientists and meteorologists are meanwhile less hesitant to link #climatechange to extreme weather including floods, fires and heat waves.
Read the useful overview by NBC News to learn more by swiping up in our Instagram story.
'Hot with the Chance of a Late Storm’, a sculpture by The Glue Society’s James Dive. Children cried when this sculpture appeared at the Tamara beach in Sydney. Today’s cries, tomorrow’s poster for anti-global warming. Photo: James Dive @jimdive
Meeting the goals of the #ParisAgreement means reducing reducing carbon emissions from the energy sector ⚡
Renewables + energy efficiency can do 94% of the job — @IRENA's Global Energy Transformation report explains how ⤵
Crazy! It’s already been a year since I went to Paris...and got this 8 euro 💶 shirt that I still can’t stop wearing. Speaking of Paris, Paris was the city that started the Paris Agreement, which is an agreement within the UNFCCC that deals with greenhouse gas emissions, mitigation, and finance, starting in 2020. As a current student studying environmental science and as girl who’s obsessed with fashion, I’ve learn about two of passions colliding negatively. In the last several decades years, the growth of fashion trends and fast fashion have caused the increase use of gas emissions when manufacturing and taking over land interfering with our beautiful wildlife. This is all because of the demand of “the-only-wear-once-clothes.” For personal practices, I’ve decided that it’s important to place both of my passions in unity and turn it into something positive. For example, I still wear this Paris T-shirt, these vintage Levi’s, and my staple oldskool vans. (This outfit is 100% repeated at least twice a week. Can’t resist how simple the outfit is. It’s my go to when I can’t decide what to wear.) Not only do have my passion for the environmental science, but definitely the media (the sustainable fashion and minimalist movements) to thank for encouraging my partake in changing my lifestyle to be more ethical. Also for my beautiful city for being one of the most eco friendly cities in the world 🌎 Thank you! #notthewongstyle
Ps tagged some people that inspire me in this slow fashion movement! Please check them out. ☺️ @cookiecat.herine @theflippside @shaesburns @consciouslychloe @theconsciouscut .
Mientras las ciudades matan a la gente para que ellas crezcan, la biodiversidad las nutre y les da calidad de vida.
Como dice Manuel, somos una mierda pegada al piso si nos comparamos con las aves... y muy poco enfrente a las montañas pero cuando nos atrevemos a recorrerlas y estudiarlas para regresarles un poco de lo que nos dan, sabemos la importancia que es vivir siempre congruentes y disfrutar este gran mundo en el fondo del mar, en la tierra o en el cielo, increíble ver cuantos buenos proyectos existen a lo largo del globo y la regulación que está entrando a las montañas en Mex por todas esas agencias patito que su interés son unas monedas y no el transmitir el gusto a la montaña, salgan al Sistema Volcánico Transversal recorranlo en un año cada fin de semana y disfruten todos los valores bioculturales que tenemos desde el Golfo al Pacífico Oriental 🇲🇽⛰🏔🇲🇽 ——————————————————————————- While cities kill people biodiversity transform them, we are a shit stucked in the floor vs birds and nothing vs mountains aguante Transverse Volcanic System in Mexico 🤘🏽 #mexico#northamerica#latinamerica#america#trekking#outdoors#volcano#camping#campsite#glacier#picoftheday#conservation#natgeolatam#alpinism#mountaineering#nature#naturelovers#clouds#picodeorizaba#etica#parisagreement
“It is clear that climate change is impacting things. Through sea level rise and changing weather patterns we are dealing with increased frequency and severity of flooding, coastal erosion, droughts and cyclones. We are seeing things we just never used to see, even 30 years ago. And a lot of people are migrating. We have to be ready for all of this. We train people for disaster preparedness. For example each of our remote outer islands has one medical officer. But they can’t deal with a disaster alone. So we train and support people to help them. We also train people on how to evacuate when disasters strike. We are training the youth”, Simpson, #RedCross#MarshallIslands 🇲🇭 #CommittedToParis
“Finance is key to meeting the goals of the Paris Agreement. In the face of climate change, poor and vulnerable countries are forced to address loss and damage and adapt to a changing climate, all while striving to lift their people out of poverty without repeating the mistakes of an economy built on fossil fuels. This is not possible without predictable and sustainable support.” - Gebru Jember Endalew, Chair of Least Developed Countries group at UNFCCC.
Bad news for people who enjoy being alive on this #earth : a new study suggests we only have the next 10-20 years to avoid #HothouseEarth conditions, which could render Earth inhospitable to human life.
Read more at @motherboardvice: “Planet at Risk of Heading Towards Apocalyptic, Irreversible ‘Hothouse Earth’ State”
Our latest blog post by @oscarserpell: “An International Investment Treaty Could Jump-Start Sustainable Development”
The Stockholm Treaty Lab contest has awarded prizes to two model #investment treaties that could open new possibilities for international cooperation on #renewable energy.
Read up! kleinmanenergy.upenn.edu
Im in, to support the campaign as well as the action taken.
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We’ve seen the impacts of #climatechange , but what about the solutions?
Today, we relaunch the #EyeOnClimate campaign challenging @Instagram users everywhere to spotlight stories of climate action and resilience: renewable energy, conservation, sustainable transportation, lifestyle changes, and so much more.
This September, the Global Climate Action Summit, #GCAS2018 , arrives at a pivotal moment to take climate action to the next level, at every level to meet the goals of the #ParisAgreement . But how can we mobilize the range of solutions we need if we don’t see them?
Share your stories with us, using #EyeOnClimate .
The ability and desire to think ahead is known to improve long-term success. But planning for the future is full of challenges, particularly when it involves unforeseeable events arising from a changing #climate . Effective long-term strategies need to be tailored to the domestic context and tied to existing climate and development planning efforts. And there's no time to waste, because #2050IsNow . #climateaction#actonclimate#climatechange#StepUp2018#ParisAgreement#SDGs
Cough! 💨Cough! 💨 Build dem pipelines! 💨💨💨😡💨💨💨 BC & many parts of the world are on fire, yet the media rarely reports on why. Carbon intensive industry should be footing the bill for this, not tax payers. $ won’t matter though when we have no clean air, or water, yet science continues to be ignored. 🌎KM is a mistake @justinpjtrudeau @cathmckennaottcen 🌎 #parisagreement#climateaction#climatechange#itshere#smokecouver#carbon#fire 💨💨💨