TheVoiceOfJoyce Where do we start? Rich nations and poor nations are feeling the effects of climate extremes. In the US, it may no longer be possible to plant the same crop for the 6 th generation. Our land and water resources are becoming scarce. Mitigation now, on a Global Scale, is essential. Can or will the US lead the way with a Blueprint for expeditiously integrating renewable energy as we decrease our reliance on Fossil Fuels? The longer we wait, the less resources we have and the more Reparations, we and other developed countries, will be required to pay in some form. According to the UN commission, drastic measures are required to not exceed 1.5 degrees Celsius. Considering our dwindling crops and water resources, John Kerry, as our Ambassador, should make every effort to develop a workable plan for our Global survival. We no longer have 30 more years. Thanks to the Fossil Fuels effective Climate Denial propaganda, climate crises is occurring. The plan for survival should include divestment of fossil fuel development globally and replacements expeditiously. Especially in Africa. You can’t blame developed Nations solely for famine, if you’re benefitting from a Fossil Fuel exploration bonanza. Everyone is involved in Planet survival and everyone must contribute a plan for Mitigation. The Island Nations innocent of emission’s abuse should be compensated.

What is loss and damage?

Loss and damage refers to the irreversible economic and non-economic costs of both extreme weather events such as hurricanes, heatwaves, drought and wildfires, and slow onset climate disasters such as sea-level rise and melting glaciers. It’s about holding the biggest fossil fuel polluters liable for the pain and suffering already caused by the climate crisis, separately and in addition to securing climate finance for mitigation and adaptation to help developing nations prepare for what’s coming.

Economic costs include the lives, livelihoods, homes, food systems and territory irreversibly lost, while the harder to quantify non-economic costs refer to the loss of culture, identity, sovereignty, human dignity, biodiversity, and psychological well being. The most serious losses and damages are being felt by the poorest countries – by and large those who’ve contributed least to global heating. As a result, funding for loss and damage has become a central tenet in demands for climate justice or, in other words, climate action that addresses the inequities behind the climate crisis.

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