STOCKHOLM (SWEDEN), September 27, 2013 – Commenting on a landmark review of climate change science released today [1], Sarah-Jayne Clifton, Friends of the Earth International Climate Justice and Energy Coordinator said: “The world’s scientists have spoken, affirming once again and now with absolute certainty that climate change caused by humans is happening and that it poses a severe and immediate threat to our future and that of the planet.”

“Communities around the world are already being devastated by extreme weather.  It is untenable for our political leaders to continue their inaction.”

“The interests of humanity must be prioritised above the profits of dirty energy corporations through an urgent and dramatic transformation of the world’s corporate-controlled, unsustainable energy system.”

“A climate-friendly energy system which meets the basic energy needs of everyone is possible. The science demands it, people demand it, our planet demands it – our governments must now have the political will to make it happen.”


Sarah-Jayne Clifton, Friends of the Earth International, Climate Justice and Energy Coordinator: +44 7912 406510 or email sarah.clifton@foe.co.uk


[1] The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is the official intergovernmental body tasked with the assessment of climate change and its potential environmental and socio-economic impacts. It relies on contributions from thousands of scientists from around the world, organised into three working groups who each publish a detailed report on a five yearly basis. In 2013 and 2014 the IPCC launches its Fifth Assessment Report (AR5), which will provide an update of knowledge on the scientific, technical and socio-economic aspects of climate change. The summary report of Working Group 1, focused on the Physical Science Basis of climate change, is published on 27 September, followed by the full report on 30 September.