The SI Commission for a Sustainable World Society, the body established to address the global environmental agenda, climate change and the issues of governance required to deal with these common challenges, meeting at 10 Downing Street, hosted by Prime Minister Gordon Brown... Statement
We, the members of the Socialist International Commission for a Sustainable World Society, here in Antarctica, where we can observe the complex effects of climate change at firsthand, commit ourselves to redoubling our efforts in our work to combat this crisis.
Scientific evidence and research on collapsing ice shelves, less sea ice in the Arctic and areas of Antarctica and retreating glaciers show that if left unchecked, this phenomenon will disastrously upset the world’s natural ecological balance. Halting the environmental damage at both poles of the planet needs to begin now in order to avoid rising temperatures and sea levels globally, destructive tides and storms, and the eradication of natural habitats. This is a truly global, borderless crisis drastically affecting all parts of the planet.
The members of the Commission are fully aware that protecting the environment, changing the course of events already set in motion and ensuring a planet fit for future generations demands urgent political actions and strong political will. This requires citizens, communities, institutions and governments to act responsibly.
The vital role of the scientific community in monitoring the planet’s natural systems and informing global institutions, national governments and the public of the environmental effects of global warming, as well as giving future projections, must be supported. Greater investment is crucial in research and development, better cooperation is needed, as are more far-reaching scientific studies.
The Commission, whose task is to put forward progressive proposals to tackle climate change hand in hand with sustainable development, calls, from the white continent, on all members of the international community to undertake a new path to preserve and safeguard our planet for present and future generations.
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