Convinced that anthropogenic climate change is today our most significant global challenge if we are to achieve sustained economic and socially sustainable development, and working from our mission to address the impacts of environmental degradation on people and human rights, we are convinced that the mission of the Coalition to help countries reduce short lived climate pollutants (SLCPs) is one of the most important global strategies to which all actors should aspire. Reducing SLCP’s will provide immediate and short term benefits not only to our climate but to the health and livelihoods of those that are most affected by SLCP contamination.
CEDHA has been engaged on promoting awareness around SLCPs for several years now. We are working with the public sector in various Latin American countries to promote national clean air legislation, we are promoting a regional treaty on transboundary atmospheric pollution, and we are disseminating scientific information and reports on SLCPs. More recently, and also at the regional level, we have been working to bring aboard other civil society organizations, academics, technical experts, and others aboard on this strategy. We have created and now coordinate the Latin American Network on SLCPs (REDRACC), which is a collaborative platform of civil society organizations concerned with climate change and particularly with the SLCP agenda.
We at CEDHA are particularly interested in working with other actors, partners and in other countries to help:
- identify the presence of SLCPs in various industrial sectors;
- promote the phaseout of SLCPs in those sectors;
- develop public policy to focus on SLCPs
- actively contribute to the global advancement of this agenda.