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April 7, 2012
Honoring Mother Earth
Honoring the Intergovernmental
Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)
Co-Recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is
a scientific intergovernmental body tasked to evaluate the
risk of climate change caused by human activity. The panel
was established in 1988 by the World Meteorological
Organization (WMO) and the United Nations Environment
Programme (UNEP), two organizations of the United Nations.

The IPCC is a scientific body: the
information it provides with its
reports is based on scientific
evidence and reflects existing view-
points within the scientific
community. The comprehensive-
ness of the scientific content is achieved through
contributions from experts in all regions of the world and
all relevant disciplines including, where appropriately
documented, industry literature and traditional practices,
and a 2-stage review process by experts and governments.

Because of its intergovernmental nature, the IPCC is able
to provide scientific technical and socio-economic infor-
mation in a policy-relevant but policy neutral way to
decision makers. When governments accept the IPCC
reports and approve their Summary for Policymakers, they
acknowledge the legitimacy of their scientific content.

The IPCC provides its reports at regular intervals and they
immediately become standard works
of reference, widely used by policy-
makers, experts and students.

In December 2007, the IPCC was
awarded the Nobel Peace Prize 2007
"for their efforts to build up and
disseminate greater knowledge about
man-made climate change, and to lay
the foundations for the measures that are needed to
counteract such change."

The award is shared with Former U.S. Vice-President Al
Gore for his work on climate change and the documentary
"An Inconvenient Truth."
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Rajendra Pachauri,
chair of the UN’s
Panel on Climate
A Clarion Call
Coming as I do from India, a land which gave
birth to civilization in ancient times, where
much of the earlier tradition and wisdom
guides actions even in modern times, the
philosophy of “Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam,”
which means “the whole universe is one
family,” must dominate global efforts to
protect the global commons. This principle
is crucial to the maintenance of peace and
order today, as it
would be increasingly
in the years ahead,
and as the well-
known columnist and
author Thomas
Friedman has high-
lighted in his book
The World is Flat.

Neglect in protecting our heritage of natural
resources could prove extremely harmful for
the human race and for all species that share
common space on planet earth. Indeed,
there are many lessons in human history
which provide adequate warning about the
chaos and destruction that could take place
if we remain guilty of myopic indifference to
the progressive erosion and decline of
nature’s resources.

Much has been written, for instance, about
the Maya civilization, which flourished during
250 to 950 A.D., but collapsed largely as
a result of serious and prolonged drought....

Changes in climate have historically
determined periods of peace, as well
as conflict....

Peace can be defined as security and the
secure access to resources that are essential
for living. A disruption in such access could
prove disruptive of peace. In this regard,
climate change will have several implications,
as numerous adverse impacts are expected
for some populations, in terms of access
to clean water, access to sufficient food,
stable health conditions, ecosystem
resources, security of settlements....

Societies have a long record of adapting to
the impacts of weather and climate. But
climate change today poses novel risks,
often outside the range of experience, such
as impacts related to drought, heat waves,
accelerated glacier retreat and hurricane
The global community needs to
coordinate a far more proactive effort
towards implementing adaptation
measures in the most vulnerable
communities and systems in the world.

Source: Democracy Now!
On Earth Day,
April 22nd, events
are held worldwide to
increase awareness and
appreciation of the Earth's natural
environment. Earth Day is now
celebrated in more than 175
countries every year.
In 2009, the United Nations
designated April 22 as
International Mother Earth Day.