GLOBE delegates from Colombia, Guatemala and Peru travelled to Santiago de Chile to share their national experiences pushing for climate change legislation at the international seminar hosted by the Faculty of Law of the University of Chile.
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GLOBE delegates from Colombia, Guatemala and Peru, including GLOBE Colombia President Alfredo Molina Triana MP and GLOBE Peru President Dr. Daniel Abugattás Majluf MP travelled to Santiago de Chile to share their national experiences pushing for climate change legislation at the international seminar hosted by the Faculty of Law of the University of Chile in the framework of its Climate Week.
At present Chilean legislators, including former Environment Committee President and GLOBE Chile Focal Point Daniel Melo MP, are keen to support the development of a national General Climate Change Act in Chile.
In this context, the seminar was organised by NGOs Adapt-Chile and (CR)2 with the support of the Chilean Environment Ministry and the British Embassy in Chile, in order to analyse the options for climate legislation in Chile alongside delegates from civil society, academia, municipalities, the public sector, business and international bodies. It was implemented under the project “Proposal for a legal and institutional framework to address climate change in Chile».
Former Chilean President Ricardo Lagos delivered the opening speech, in which he emphasized the need to rely on a legal framework on climate change as “the challenge is about the survival of human beings on Earth”. He also shared his views on the latest national contributions tabled ahead of Paris: “China, responsible for 15% of world GHG emissions, announcing the creation of a carbon market for 2016 is a watershed for national commitments on climate change”.
Deputy Environment Secretary Marcelo Mena recalled President Michelle Bachelet’s commitment to decouple growth from GHG emissions and achieve a reduction of 30% by 2030, while noting that failure to act would cost the country over 2,5% of its GDP according to the OECD.
Uk Ambassador Fiona Clouder stressed that “the dilemma between tackling climate change and economic growth is a false dilemma”.
Project co-Director Paola Vasconi noted that “tackling climate change implies a shift towards a society and an economy less dependant on fossil fuels and more resilient. This requires the involvement and participation of all sectors and stakeholders, if we want to progress towards the formulation of a Climate Change Act.”