The president of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies has called in Cannes to anticipate the effects of climate change “before it is too late.“
“Global warming is already here and it is evolving at an alarming rate,” Francesca Rocca said at the opening of the first Conference of the Parties (COP) on the impact of climate change on health, which takes place in that city on the French Riviera for two days.
Even though the impact on health is difficult to measure, scientists agree that climate change will cause many deaths and illness, said Rocca, who is also president of the Italian Red Cross.
About 600 people, including technicians, scientists, Red Cross staff and political figures such as Laurent Fabius, president of the French Constitutional Council and former president of COP21, attend this conference on “the greatest public health deficit of the 21st century: Curing humanity at + 2 ° Celsius “.
“Progress has been made, but it also precedes the global warming curves, which continue to panic, the projections are alarming,” said Jean-Jacques Eledjam, president of the French Red Cross.
“These changes have first hit the most vulnerable people, those who can not flee and seek treatment and face the facts, as each extra degree costs lives and human suffering,” adding that “it’s time to talk about adaptation, funding issues and also the opportunity to build a more just world. ”
“According to the World Bank, by 2030, more than 100 million people will move to poverty because of climate change,” said Laurent Fabius, noting that if everything continues “it is not to cure + 2º C, but rather to + 3.5 ° “.
Alex Pinano, leader of the Marshall Islands Red Cross, has launched a strong appeal for help.
“Do anything for us, otherwise we will be the nomads of the Pacific,” he begged, in the face of rising sea levels, the death of coral reefs and heat waves that would become the norm in his archipelago.
The conference is taking place at the Théâtre Croisette, the same place where a century ago, from 01 to 11 April 1919, at a medical conference, lay the foundations for the creation of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.