Every day, everywhere, it’s getting hotter. The weather is more unpredictable, ice is melting, plants are disappearing and insects are appearing where they shouldn’t. These alarming trends aren’t new. There has been a lot of talk about the need to fight climate change, but disappointingly this has not been matched by action. Recently, however, there have been some changes that may yet herald the beginning of a new era in humanity’s fight against climate change.

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Interview - Elise Buckle

Qu’est-ce qui succédera à au protocole de Kyoto?

Quel rôle les bio-carburants joueront-il dans la lute contre le changement climatique?

Qu’est-ce que le congrès mondiale sur la conservation qui aura lieu à Barcelone en octobre 2008?

Que peut faire une seule personne?

Quel est le rôle des femmes dans le changement climatique?

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Interview - Gonzalo Oviedo

Are we going to turn around in time?

Is nuclear energy back on the table?

How will soaring petrol prices impact climate change?

To what degree do marginalized people in under-developed countries understand climate change, its causes and impacts?

What must be done to include them in solutions?

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Interview - Ninni Ikkala

Are we heading toward a brick wall at high speed?

What is new in the fight against climate change?

How much carrot and how much stick do we need to change people’s attitudes?

Aren’t democratically elected leaders who talk the talk but don’t walk the walk just playing the role voters secretly want them to: appeasing consciences without touching purses?

One of the UN Millenium goals is to half world poverty 2015. What will the impact be on climate change when billions more people can afford cars and products shipped around the world?

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Elise Buckle
Gonzalo Oviedo
Ninni Ikkala

We’ve now moved on from talking about just mitigation to discussing how we must adapt to the new realities imposed by the effects of climate change, and how we’re going to do that in an equitable manner” says Ninni Ikkala, Climate Change officer at IUCN. But this must go beyond the political sphere. “One of the most important things the conservation community can accomplish at this point,” says Gonzalo Oviedo, Senior Social Policy Advisor for the IUCN, “is to give marginalized, and therefore vulnerable, people a much stronger voice in the climate change debate.”

That means women above all, according to Elise Buckle, Programme Officer with IUCN. “Research has shown that women suffer most in natural disasters, such as floods or droughts, and yet they may be the most promising part of the solution to climate change, not only because of their key role in educating children and making fuel choices for cooking, but also because they are the ones who hold the community together.”The need to take these concerns into consideration to combat climate change is becoming clearer every day. It will be an integral part of the discussions among the 8,000 members of the conservation community attending the World Conservation Congress in Barcelona in October 2008, and it represents new hope that we may yet turn things around in time.

  • Levels of Carbon Dioxide in the Earth's atmosphere have increased by 30% in the last 200 years.
  • Average world temperature could rise around 3°C this century if greenhouse gas emissions continue to rise at their current pace.
  • According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change global temperature could be as high as 6.4C by the end of the century 
  • 20-30% of plant and animal species could go extinct if the global temperature increase exceeds 1.5 – 2.5 °C. 
  • Crop yields in tropical zones could significantly decrease with even a modest (1-2°C) temperature increase.