In response to a report published today by the Global Legislators Organization and the Grantham Research Institute at the London School of Economics, World Wildlife Fund (WWF) issued the following statement from Lou Leonard, vice president for climate change:
“This report shows that from Beijing to Bogota, countries are getting serious about climate change by passing real laws that help prepare for the impacts, while building prosperity around a 21st century economy.
“The big story here is that emerging economies, notably in the Latin American region, are beginning to lead the way on climate action. Latin America is on the front lines. Shrinking Andean glaciers are threatening water supplies for Lima, Peru – the second largest desert city in the world. Droughts in the Amazon rainforest are increasing fires and generally destabilizing the lungs of the world.
“Latin American leaders also see the opportunities of shifting to a green economy, where sustainable management of forests and switching to renewable energy offer a true path to long-term prosperity. In December, when Lima hosts the next important global climate talks, this leadership will be on display and can inspire other countries to follow along toward a strong outcome in Paris and a safer future.”