5 April 2022 – Today the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) published a report which looks into mitigation – the reduction of climate harming emissions and the removal of CO2 from the atmosphere – of climate change, from energy, mobility to food and farming industries.
The leading scientists made it very clear that governments are not doing enough, while emissions are the highest in human history. The report suggests that emissions need to be halved by 2030 in comparison to 2019 levels to prevent global heating exceeding 1.5 degrees which would lead to severe climate change effects on people, animals and ecosystems. This is a gigantic step as it requires system transformation, accompanied by strong regulation, governance and financing shifts in every industry. The good news is that the report gives an overview of feasible and affordable climate solutions.
“As a global animal welfare organisation we are at the forefront of the debate on the impact livestock has on the environment. The climate crisis can only be tackled together with governments and the food industry. A decrease in the numbers of livestock and raising the keeping standards for farm animals is crucial in many ways. It instantly cuts emissions, halts deforestation and makes land now used for feed production available for renaturation”.
Josef Pfabigan, CEO of FOUR PAWS highlights solutions for the food industry
“The facts are daunting, and the problem affects humans and animals alike. However, there are choices we can make. For example, a change in diet is key. Reducing meat and dairy consumption contributes to personal health and wellbeing and is also a more climate-friendly and sustainable choice.”
The third and final part of the Sixth Assessment Report (AR6) highlights the urgent need for drastic action on greenhouse gas emissions reduction and fundamental transition of sectors to halt climate change and prevent its’ widespread devastation. A recent report of IPCC concluded that the impacts of the climate crisis, such as extreme weather events, drought, flooding are already more frequent and more severe than previously assessed. The final Report will be published in October 2022.
FOUR PAWS is the global animal welfare organisation for animals under direct human influence, which reveals suffering, rescues animals in need and protects them. Founded in 1988 in Vienna by Heli Dungler and friends, the organisation advocates for a world where humans treat animals with respect, empathy and understanding. The sustainable campaigns and projects of FOUR PAWS focus on companion animals including stray dogs and cats, farm animals and wild animals – such as bears, big cats and orangutans – kept in inappropriate conditions as well as in disaster and conflict zones. With offices in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Germany, Kosovo, the Netherlands, Switzerland, South Africa, Thailand, Ukraine, the UK, the USA and Vietnam as well as sanctuaries for rescued animals in eleven countries, FOUR PAWS provides rapid help and long-term solutions. www.four-paws.org