Climate Change Threatens to Turn into ‘Truly Terrifying’ Future of Famine and Suffering, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Warnsduring a debate within the UN Human Rights Council on the subject of the right to food.

“Our environment is on fire. It melts. It’s flooding. Running out. It’s running out. It’s dying,” said Volker Turk, warning that the future will be dystopian.

“The right to food is completely threatened by Climate Change,” he said, stressing that extreme weather events are destroying crops, livestock, and ecosystems.
These repeated occurrences make the remediation that would allow human communities to meet their needs impossible, he said.

“More than 828 million people faced hunger in 2021…And Climate Change will bring 80 million more people on the brink of starvation by mid-century, creating desperation and unmet needs on a truly terrifying scaleVolker Turk warned.
“Tackling Climate Change is a human rights issue. There is still time to act. But this has to be done now.”

“We cannot pass on this future of hunger and suffering to our children and our children’s children. And we are not doomed to do it. We, the generation with the most powerful technological tools in history, have the ability to change that.”

At the same time, he accused the world leaders of being content with words to deal with the climate crisis and of thinking short-sightedly.

World leaders “engage in a choreography of deciding to activate and promising to act. Then they block in the short term,” he says.

Believing that COP28 in Dubai in November and December should be a game-changer, Volker Türk calls for an end to unnecessary subsidies to the fossil fuel industry.

The High Commissioner called on the world to shun green-washing and “greening” practices, such as those who, obsessively greedy, cast doubt on Climate science.

The Paris Agreement (December 2015-COP21) set the goal of keeping the increase in the average global temperature “below +2°C during the century and continuing efforts to limit the increase to rather +1.5° C”.

Nevertheless, the world’s daily average temperature increased from 7 to 11 June by 1.5°C compared to pre-industrial times, reaching +1.69°C on 9 Juneaccording to the representative of the European Copernicus Service.

The 53rd session of the UN Human Rights Council continues until July 14.