The following is a statement by the Executive Director of the Pan American Development Foundation (PADF), Katie Taylor, on the IPCC Sixth Assessment Report released on August 8, 2021:
“PADF is deeply concerned by the findings of the latest IPCC climate change report. We work with some of the most vulnerable people in Latin America and the Caribbean where we have already seen the devastating impacts of climate change. These impacts include rising sea levels, higher temperatures, and frequent droughts. An increase in intensity and frequency of these events will have devastating effects on food security and livelihoods for vulnerable communities and cause increased displacement and forced migration throughout the region.
Leaders from every sector need to take decisive and immediate action to combat the climate crisis. PADF is committed to working alongside government, civil society, and the private sector to help communities address and mitigate the effects of climate change and transition to a low-carbon economy. We are proud to be a signatory of the NGO Climate Compact and are actively working to address climate change through our operations and programs throughout the hemisphere. Our work focuses on the relationships between people, production, and planet to achieve sustainable and inclusive growth.
Sustainable development is only possible if the natural systems that underpin it are protected, and people can adapt their lives and livelihoods to a changing climate. By taking decisive action on climate change, we can promote a hemisphere of opportunity, for all.”