While the ageing of the world’s population is becoming one of the most significant social transformations of the 21st century, climate change has the potential to deter health, well-being, and livelihoods of the ageing population. Yet, the repercussions of global ageing for climate action remains absent from debates on climate change.
This discussion paper from HepAge International seeks address this gap, making some key recommendations for action to governments, donors and the international climate community ahead of the global COP28 climate talks and beyond:
- Integrate ageing into climate analysis
- Strengthen life-course resilience through targeted public policies at the national level
- Empower older people in the transition through meaningful engagement in decision-making
- Support intergenerational solidarity
- Tackle injustice by addressing intra- and inter-country carbon inequalities.