Media Advisory

For Immediate Release

The Path Beyond Fossil Fuels - Seeking a Just and Orderly Transition

Portait photos of Sir David King, Dr. Fatima Denton, Mark Maslin and Paul Beckwith
David, Fatima, Mark and Paul

When:
November 14, 2022 @ 3:30 PM EET (UTC+2)

Description:

An urgent reframing of loss and damage is called for by The Climate Crisis Advisory Group (CCAG) at COP27 to ensure no further delay in just and orderly transition.

  • Climate Crisis Advisory Group launches its latest report, ‘The path beyond fossil fuels: seeking a just and orderly transition.’
  • CCAG calls for COP27 to address and compensate for loss and damage without delay, and the ‘infinite loss’ from climate impact to be at the forefront of negotiations
  • CCAG proposes a 3R strategy (Reduce, Remove, Repair) to frame a just transition and provide the only way forward for a manageable future for humanity.

On Monday, November 7th, 2022 a leading group of international climate experts, the Climate Crisis Advisory Group (CCAG), released its latest report ‘The path beyond fossil fuels: seeking a just and orderly transition’.

It argues for a reframing of the loss and damage discussion, where loss and damage is not only addressed and compensated, but the deliberative process to achieve it allows no room for nations to delay or deflect from taking all possible immediate steps to reduce their emissions deeply and rapidly.

The Group asserts that in the current context of climate change, loss and damage has conceptual limitations which must be recognised and resolved. For instance, no consensus has been reached between nations on how such loss and damage responsibilities should be enacted, and wealthier nations are stalling as poorer nations continue to suffer the impacts.

The notion of loss and damage also fails to address the ongoing loss of species and habitat - including the loss of cities and irreversible harm to entire countries.

The program will discuss this initiative.

Panelists:

Sir David King
Sir David King is the founder and chair of the Climate Crisis Advisory Group, as well as the Centre for Climate Repair at Cambridge University. Previously he held the position of permanent Special Representative for Climate Change from September 2013 until March 2017. He was Government's Chief Scientific Advisor from 2000 to 2007, during which time he raised awareness of the need for governments to act on climate change and was instrumental in creating the Energy Technologies Institute.

Dr. Fatima Denton
Dr Denton is the Director of the United Nations University – Institute for Natural Resources in Africa (UNU-INRA). Prior to joining UNU-INRA, she worked with the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) as Director of the Special Initiatives Division and Coordinator of the African Climate Policy Centre (ACPC). Her research has centred around climate change adaptation with a focus on resilience systems in sectors such as agriculture, water and energy, particularly in the African region.

Mark Maslin
Mark Maslin is a Professor of Earth System Science at UCL. Maslin is a leading scientist with particular expertise in understanding the Anthropocene and how it relates to the major challenges facing humanity in the 21st century. He is Director at Rezatec, and author of Human Planet, Cradle of Humanity and How To Save Our Planet.

Paul Beckwith
Paul is a Climate System Scientist who has taught at the University of Ottawa in the Laboratory for Paleoclimatology, as well as at Carleton University. Paul is a well-known climate educator on YouTube with over 1,000 videos pertaining to climate science.

Where:
Sharm El-Sheikh International Conference Center, Luxor Room