Cli­mate in­ac­tion should be seen as crime against hu­man­ity

China Daily (USA) - - VIEWS - The au­thor is chief of China Daily EU Bureau based in Brus­sels. chen­wei­[email protected]­

The huge crowd turnout at the “Claim the Cli­mate” march in Brus­sels on a wet Sun­day af­ter­noon came as a big sur­prise to me be­cause the Bel­gian cap­i­tal has a pop­u­la­tion of just a lit­tle more than 1 mil­lion.

The Cin­quan­te­naire Park, where the pro­test­ers fi­nally gath­ered, was packed with peo­ple of all ages, wor­ried about their own fu­ture and that of their chil­dren and grand­chil­dren. Lo­cal me­dia es­ti­mated about 70,000 peo­ple at­tended the march.

In an awak­en­ing re­port by the UN In­ter­gov­ern­men­tal Panel on Cli­mate Change in Oc­to­ber, the world’s top cli­mate sci­en­tists warned that there is only a dozen years left to keep global tem­per­a­ture rise to within 1.5C – be­yond which each 0.5C in­crease will sig­nif­i­cantly worsen the risks of droughts, floods, ex­treme heat and poverty for hun­dreds of mil­lions of peo­ple on the planet. The sci­en­tists called for ur­gent and un­prece­dented changes to reach the cli­mate tar­get.

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