Climate Emergency

Why is a climate emergency mobilization program necessary? Isn’t it enough to say “we’re still in” the Paris Agreement?

The world is already seeing the deadly effects of climate change at just over 1°C of warming: stronger and more frequent wildfires, hurricanes, and storms; tropical viruses moving out of the tropics, including pandemics like Zika; unprecedented heat waves, droughts, water shortages, and famine; and a resultant cycle of civil unrest, refugee and humanitarian crises, and state failure.

A recent study conducted by a team of the world’s top climate scientists, “Trajectories of the Earth System in the Anthropocene,” confirms that even the Paris Agreement’s “preferred” level of average global warming (1.5°C above pre-industrial levels), which by some projections could come within a decade, could potentially trigger a cascade of tipping points that sends the Earth into a “hothouse” state that causes the collapse of civilization and leaves most of the planet uninhabitable.

Although more conservative reports project Earth will hit 1.5°C of warming at some later date, a responsible risk-management approach to providing maximum protection for our constituents and humanity at large — as well as an unflinching look at the destruction already wrought by the current level of warming — demands much more than the incremental reform the Paris Agreement contemplates. It demands instead an emergency mobilization effort on a scale not seen since WWII to restore safe, pre-industrial climate conditions.

Find out more with this FAQ.

Background Information: UN and CA Statements Related to the Climate Emergency