The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report released yesterday (27 September 2013) is a stark warning of the need for urgent global action to avert devastating global warming, says Christian Aid, the UK-based churches' global development agency.
Dr Alison Doig, Christian Aid's Senior Climate Change Advisor, commented: "Scientific evidence confirms that manmade climate change is a reality and that without urgent action globally, the impacts will get worse. The time for debate is over, it is time to act.
"Rising temperatures will bring enormous economic and human cost. We need to support countries and communities most at risk in preparing to cope with disaster, to lessen the impacts of extreme weather events and help communities recover more rapidly when they do occur.
"The implications of melting ice caps and rising sea levels for people and economies around the world will be enormous, but it is the poorest and most vulnerable people who depend on the land and sea for their living who will be most affected.
"The report shows that there is time to put a halt to the continuing accumulation of carbon in our atmosphere, but that we need to move fast.
"As a developed, industrialised country the UK has to lead the way by ending our dependence on fossil fuels, and investing in clean, renewable sources of energy which we are fortunate enough to be blessed with in the UK.
"The science is clear, we have a moral duty to act and the risk of not doing so is too great. This is our opportunity to create the world we want to live in," Dr Doig concluded.