The values of the UU@UN Climate Justice initiative are the Unitarian Universal Principles, which emphasize the 7th principle, respect for the interdependent network of all the existences of which we are a part. The EU has long been a strong supporter and player in the fight for climate justice. Delegates to the General Assembly of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) adopted the “threat to global warming in 2006” and in 2015 adopted a Direct Witness Action (AIW) entitled “Support a Strong, Compassionate Global Climate Agreement in 2015: Act for a Livable Climate.” The AIW emphasized the importance of an ambitious climate change agreement at the United Nations Climate Change (UNFCCC) Critical Framework Conference in Paris, France, in December 2015. In addition to sending certified observers to COP21, Unitarian Universalists participated in subsequent UNFCCC conferences that promote the INR climate justice agenda and urgent action to mitigate climate change. Analysis of the model scenarios used in the study shows that to achieve the overall goal of the climate agreement, global emissions must be reduced by 40-50%. To assess the impact of the policies implemented, the researchers took stock of the key policies implemented in the G20 countries and regions, and analysed in more detail seven major countries and regions. They found that the impact of the G20 policy will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 2.5 to 5.0 gigatonnes by 2030, or 4% to 8%, compared to a situation where no policies and climate targets have been implemented. There can be no long-term solution for human rights without effectively addressing environmental justice issues; Climate change is one of them. Climate change has tangible effects on the human survival of the planet. It is linked to many social justice and environmental issues, including those that focus on the SDGs (health and well-being, gender equality, clean drinking water, clean and affordable energy, reducing inequality, etc.).
The study shows a significant gap between the effects of climate policy implemented and reductions, in line with the overall goal of the Paris Agreement in all countries.