350.org Responds To Devastating Heat Waves In South Asia
The relentless heat wave in Pakistan and India continues to climb, as more than one billion people prepare for temperatures of 5-8 degrees celsius above normal. Already, temperatures have broken 122-year old record highs and threaten to cause more deadly heat-related illnesses.
Shibayan Raha says that We cannot deny this climate crisis any longer. We are experiencing heat waves in spring. The heat is unbearable and people are suffering. Many in heavily populated areas do not have access to air conditioning, and workers with outdoor jobs are unable to carry out their work in this extreme heat, impacting sources of income.
The IPCC report predicts significant increases in heat waves globally, but we are the human faces of that science. It looks daunting on paper but is even more devastating in reality and we demand immediate climate action. Governments can no longer approve fossil fuel projects, and financial institutions can no longer fund them, without our suffering on their hands.”
South Asian climate activists continue to call for real climate leadership, an end to fossil fuel extraction and a swift redirection of funds away from fossil fuels and into just and sustainable energy solutions.