In its latest report “Adapt Now: A Global Call for Leadership on Climate Resilience” (released during various events around the world on 10 September 2019), the Global Commission on Adaptation warns that climate change has reached a point where even despite our best efforts tremendous planetary change is no longer a possibility, but rather something that is simply inevitable.
“We are the last generation that can change the course of climate change, and we are the first generation that then has to live with the consequences,” said Chairman of the Commission and former UN Chief Ban Ki-Moon at the report’s launch in Beijing.
Investing around $1.8 trillion between 2020-2030 across five key areas, namely – early warning systems, climate-resistant infrastructure, mangrove protection, better agriculture, and improving fresh water resources would not only mitigate the worst of the climate mayhem to come, but also generate over $7 trillion in net benefits.
“Global actions to slow climate change are promising, but insufficient. We must invest in a massive effort to adapt to conditions that are now inevitable,” wrote the authors of the report.
Due, at least in part, to the so-far-inadequate global measures to curb global climate change, the world has already been witnessing multiple, intensifying heat waves, superstorms, water shortages, rising sea levels, and countless other detrimental events.
One of the latest salvos in the on-going transformation of the Earth’s climate system was the devastation of the Bahamas this month, brought on by an Atlantic storm which many climate scientists have pegged as potentially the strongest on record.
Summing up the efforts required to enhance the world’s readiness for the climatic challenges awaiting in the near future, Patrick Verkooijen – CEO of the centre which commissioned the report – invoked the Marshall Plan. This time, however, it would have to be global.