Decarbonize 2019

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OCEANS Oceans are essential to our life. "Nearly 2.4 billion people (~40% of the world's population) live within 100km of the coast." The ocean produces over half of the 3 world's oxygen and absorbs 50 times more carbon dioxide than our atmosphere. It is necessary to take action now, if we want to save the Earth. Calls to Action • Creation of a UNFCCC-affiliated Global Ocean Fund similar in nature to the Green Climate Fund • Reduce taxes for producers of renewable energy products • Provide aid to countries who are affected by rising sea levels Youth Commitments • Use social media to remind companies about their significant impact and responsibility on water • Reduce our individual water consumption • Learn about the oceans and raise further awareness about climate impact on our waterways The melting of the ice sheets is one of the most prominent results rising from increasing global water temperatures. It leads to a rise in worldwide sea levels, ultimately threatening low-lying countries in states like the Caribbean and Scandinavia. According to the United Nations, "Antarctica alone has the potential to contribute more than a metre of sea level rise by 2100 and more than 15 metres by 2500," and, "almost two-thirds of the world's largest cities are located in areas at risk of sea level rise." so even a small sea level rise will have a huge impact. 4 We call on governmental leadership to ensure that no country is left behind and struggling to find achievable solutions - through education, resources, adaptation, or https://www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/Ocean-fact-sheet-package.pdf 3 ibid 4 Page 7

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