The Elders is an independent group of global leaders who work together for peace and human rights. They were brought together in 2007 by Nelson Mandela.
The Elders believe that 2014 is a critical year for action on climate change. As we rapidly approach the tipping point beyond which climate change may become irreversible, we risk inflicting one of the greatest injustices in human history, denying future generations their right to a liveable, sustainable planet. If we fail to act now, the whole of humanity stands to lose.
A solution is possible. We possess the tools and the technology to move towards a low-carbon economy and end our reliance on fossil fuels. With bold, transformative leadership at the global level and insight and innovation from the grassroots, we can unite around the shared vision of a sustainable, equitable world.
The Elders stand for solidarity and justice for climate change’s victims. We call for visionary leadership to set us on course for a carbon-neutral future. As former leaders, the Elders know that this will not be easy. But if there was ever a cause to unite mankind, climate change must surely be it.