Climate change is a real and present threat to human rights. It not only exacerbates inequalities but disproportionately harms certain people and groups. (Source: United Nations.) The IPCC Sixth Assessment Report estimates that more than three billion people live in parts of the world at great risk of climate impacts. By 2030, drought alone threatens the displacement of 700 million people. And the business risks associated with climate change are extensive, ranging from supply chain disruptions and labor challenges, to damaged assets and infrastructure.
Business action to mitigate climate breakdown and protect nature is essential to maintaining livelihoods, preserving fundamental rights, and safeguarding economies for the future. Limiting global temperature rise to 1.5°C requires urgent, ambitious action to transition to a net-zero carbon economy in a just manner.
Climate inequality, climate justice
The shift to a net-zero carbon economy will create long-lasting economic and social benefits, but it must not come at the expense of people who are disproportionately impacted by climate change because of systemic inequality. To achieve net-zero carbon objectives for the long term, we must lead a transition away from fossil fuels that is just, inclusive, and resilient, and give voice to those most impacted by climate change—including those in vulnerable situations—as designers and drivers of solutions.