The United Nations Development Program this year is focusing its human development report on climate change and water. Scheduled for release this November, the 2007/2008 report, Fighting Climate Change: Human Solidarity in a Divided World, “will explain why we have less than a decade to change course and start living with in our carbon budget,” says a UNDP flyer promoting the upcoming study.
The report pulls no punches. Calling climate change “the defining human development challenge of the 21st Century,” UNDP cautions that “Business-as-usual climate change points in a clear direction: unprecedented reversal in human development in our lifetime, and acute risks for our children and their grandchildren.”
It says the world has the money and technological know-how now to avert disaster but is lacking “a sense of urgency, human solidarity, and collective interest.”