Climate Urgency is Also a Social Urgency

Fundación Mar Adentro, as part of the Costa Chile group, together with the Coastal Observatory, call on the government not to forget the environmental agenda.

In light of the recent announcement by Chilean President Sebastián Piñera to suspend the COP25 conference in Chile, the Costa Chile group and the Coastal Observatory call on the government to continue with an active agenda on climate crisis.

Now, more than ever, it is essential that the government take actions and commitments to help mitigate climate change and to help us adapt to its effects. It is known that the latter has a stronger impact on the most vulnerable sectors of society, revealing, once again, the country’s social inequality.

With this in mind, Costa Chile and the Coastal Observatory have been emphatic in pointing out that the coastal area of Chile is highly vulnerable to the effects of climate change, and that urgent measures must be taken to implement an integrated management that can protect both its inhabitants and the valuable coastal ecosystems. A task of this magnitude requires the participation and coordination of various public and private entities, and the undisputed prominence of the affected communities themselves.

Finally, the groups also indicated that they will continue working and ensuring that what has been accomplished so far, in terms of commitments and actions against climate change, continues to be developed and is not affected by the suspension of COP25. Similarly, they will continue to strengthen their role as a platform for local organizations that search for nature–and community–based solutions, to achieve responsible, sustainable and equitable management of coastal areas, within the context of the current climate crisis.

ABOUT THE GROUPS

Costa Chile was founded in 2019, with the objective of promoting and ensuring that the development of coastal areas is carried out taking into account sustainability, resilience and preservation of sites that have high socio-environmental value, within the context of global change. It is composed of the following organizations: Fundación Rompientes, Fundación Punta de Lobos, Fundación Geute Conservación Sur, Fundación Cosmos, Fundación Mar Adentro, Global Nomad, and others.

The Coastal Observatory is a platform that seeks to articulate academics with various social institutions and organizations in relation to the planning of coastal areas, its problems, challenges and opportunities. It makes available studies and scientific research that can contribute to strengthening the public agenda and decision-making regarding the conservation of coastal areas. From the academic side, the Observatory is composed by Dr. Federico Arenas, Dr. Carolina Martínez and Cristián Henríquez, from the Universidad Católica (UC) Geography Institute; Dr. Carolina Rojas and Dr. Kay Bergamini from the UC Institute of Urban Studies; Dr. Rodrigo Cienfuegos of the Integrated Disaster Risk Management Research Center (CIGIDEN); and the Marine Research Coastal Station (ECIM). In addition, the Pew Research Center and various professionals, such as geographers, urban planners and lawyers, are also participants.