DID YOU KNOW
Climate change is the increase in average global temperature that is primarily a function of carbon being released into the atmosphere by human activity. Climate change is a real and growing threat to humanity’s survival.
Our best shot at protecting humanity is keeping the warming of the planet to a maximum of 2 degrees C over pre-Industrial levels.
Very. Global average temperatures have already warmed 0.9 degrees C, and it won’t stop there. Because the warming from carbon is a delayed effect, the emissions currently in the atmosphere (which will stay there and keep causing the climate to warm), will predictably cause the climate to warm to 1.5 degrees C. We have a window of 0.5 degree C left to stay in the safety range. More information can be found in the Emissions Gap Report.
We will predictably surpass the 2 degree C safety zone in 22 years.
The impacts of climate change are already happening, including decreasing shorelines, reduction of species diversity, increased severe weather, increased drought in some areas, and flooding in other areas. The more the average temperature increases, the higher the risk. If we use up the budget and go past 2 degrees, we put the existence of humanity at high risk.
The maximum total amount of carbon the atmosphere can hold and not surpass 2 Degrees C is 2900 Gt. This is called the carbon budget.
We have used up 1900Gt PgC or 66% of the budget. We are on track to using up the budget in 25 years.
To give us a shot at getting to zero emissions before the budget is used up requires us radically reversing our emissions trend by 2020. The next three years is our make-it-or-break-it window of opportunity. Read more in this presentation from C40 Cities.
Expected global emissions in 2020 will be 52 Gt CO2e.
Global emissions in 2020 should not be higher than 44 Gt CO2e to give us a likely chance of staying within the 2 °C target. But expected global emissions in 2020 will be 52 Gt CO2e.
8 Gt CO2e. That’s 8 billion metric tons.
No. And many are at work on it. Alone, regulations and policies simply cannot produce the results. Only ACTION can produce the needed results. And if we wait till the policies and regulations are in full operation, it will be too late.
Yes. Through collective action of individuals and organizations, we can absolutely close the gap in time.
“2020 or Bust” is the campaign to generate the awareness, action and results that will bridge the emissions gap by 2020 to put us on track to ending the climate crisis in time. Join the Campaign. End the climate crisis.