Nearly 200 countries agreed to cut the use of all fossil fuels during COP28, the UN climate change conference that concluded in Dubai. According to the UN, the world is facing catastrophic temperature changes unless countries take more dramatic action to reduce their reliance on fossil fuels.

“While we saw important commitments in Dubai, we are not taking action quickly enough to address climate change,” said Eric LeCompte who serves on United Nations expert groups and is the Executive Director of the religious development organization Jubilee USA Network. “Developing countries urgently need more resources as they wrestle with some of the worst impacts of climate change.”

At the same time, Pope Francis and African Catholic Bishops called for debt relief to fight the impact of climate change on developing countries.

Developing countries need to spend $2.4 trillion on climate challenges and another $3 trillion on other development priorities, noted a group of experts commissioned by previous COP presidents.

“The Dubai agreement noted that countries need more aid, relief and cheap loans to avoid increasing debt,” stated LeCompte.

Read the entire report from Jubilee USA Network officials, here.