Areas of Work

Human Impacts of Climate Change

QUNO seeks sustainable and just climate action to transform the root causes driving global temperature rise and environmental destruction and to build a healthy and peaceful life on Earth for all. 

Our work is grounded on IPCC climate science findings that pursuing a 1.5 °C limit to global temperature rise above preindustrial levels would save people and nature from the unprecedented levels of suffering and loss of life predicted with higher temperature rises. We view climate breakdown and environmental destruction as a peace and justice concern for its unprecedented impact on the human rights of current and future generations, its role in exacerbating violent conflict, and its devastating effect on those most marginalized and vulnerable in our society. It is on this basis that we approach our work on climate change, responding to the moral “call to conscience” first expressed in the joint “Quaker Statement on Climate Change” developed for the UN Climate Summit in 2014. 

QUNO places consistent emphasis on the need to transform the root causes of climate change embedded in our political, economic and social systems, and recognizes the connection between climate change and global structural and economic injustices. We work long-term to focus the response to climate change as an impetus for transformation as opposed to merely prevention. On this basis, we work across multiple fora: through international negotiations at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), with climate science at the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and at the Human Rights Council (HRC).  A care for our global human family defines how we work to foster thought and exchange with and between diplomats, scientists, UN staff, NGOs, faith leaders and Quaker communities.

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QUNO envisions a world where dialogue and cooperation are key components in efforts to build safe, clean, healthy and resilient communities.

QUNO envisions a world where a global response to climate change and environmental destruction is impetus for transformation to a more just and sustainable human life on Earth.

QUNO envisions a world where protection and care for the planet and the human rights of present and future generations are recognized as a collective obligation for all of humanity.

QUNO envisions a world where people of all ages and every background are fully informed and able to meaningfully participate in addressing the climate crisis.