Climate summit at the Vatican, towards a planetary climate resilience protocol

Climate summit at the Vatican, towards a planetary climate resilience protocol

From Climate Crisis to Climate Resilience is a three-day climate summit at the Vatican from 15 to 17 May 2024 that brings together experts in the field of climate change with mayors and governors from around the world who are dealing with its impact. An outcome of the summit is a Planetary Climate Resilience Protocol that provides guidelines for climate resilience and to be submitted to UNFCCC to take it forward.

In the summit’s concept note, there is the acknowledgement of global warming crossing the 1.5 degrees C threshold by 2030. With this, “the protocol can be amended to include stringent regulations to bend the emission curve drastically and increase spending on adaptation measures.”

This effort continues from the recommendations of the 2022 climate resilience initiative by the Vatican, through the Pontifical Academy of Science, during the conference on Resilience of People and Ecosystems under Stress. Researchers, policy makers, and faith leaders were brought together to understand the scientific and societal challenges of climate change and recommend solutions for enabling resilient people and resilient ecosystems.

“The climate crisis…will get lot worse over the next few decades as planetary heating shoots past 1.5 degrees C by the early 2030s. The warming curve is likely to bend around the latter half of this century in response to global scale actions to mitigate emissions of the heat trapping pollutants. We no longer have the luxury of relying just on mitigation of emissions. We need to embark on building climate resilience so that people can bend the emissions curve and bounce back from the climate crisis safer, healthier, wealthier to a sustainable world.”

The joint summit is hosted by the Pontifical Academy of Sciences and the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences, and while focused on climate change, there are also discussions on addressing biodiversity and inequality. The interrelation with human outcomes are on increased poverty, forced human migration, and public health that includes mental health.

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