Join us in making a case for climate action at emergency speed
Stop Press - the Pope has declared a climate emergency!
In his strongest and most direct intervention yet, Pope Francis calls for a a "radical energy transformation". Pope Francis has endorsed 1.5°C limit - referring to the IPCC warnings that if we overshoot, the consequences will be "catastrophic".
We are running out of time.
The UN tells we have to rapidly reduce carbon emissions by well over 50% by 2030 or we lose the chance to avoid runaway climate damage caused by cumulate effects of adverse feedback loops. An example - its getting warmer because of fossil fuel warming, so the Arctic ice is losing volume and extent, therefore there is less reflection of the sun's warmth, so the sea warms, so the ice melts further.. and this escalates permafrost melt, releasing methane as well as carbon (the permafrost has twice as much carbon as the atmosphere) which increases the temperature, which further escalates Arctic ice loss...
But there is still a window for effective action.
But that window is narrow and closing rapidly. We are near to the end of the "critical decade" which was to be the decade where we started to turn emissions down. They are going up.
We do have solutions, and they are now very affordable.
What we need is political will, and it is lacking. Our politicians are in the pockets of fossil corporates. We only have to think of our recent election and Palmer's huge spend. Our politicians at a variety of levels of Government are blocking effective action on climate at a point where we are hurtling to the point of no return according to the world's most eminent climate scientists.
What we need is strong climate action at emergency speed.
Right now 562 jurisdictions round the world have declared a climate emergency. The global climate emergency movement started right in Melbourne with Darebin Council declaring a climate emergency in 2016. Right now whole countries have joined, including Scotland, Wales, Ireland, and the UK. 20 Australian Councils have declared climate emergencies. Christchurch, Canterbury and Nelson have joined. This movement is growing rapidly, and it would be good to gather support right here in Melbourne's East for very rapid climate action, both at a city wide level, and through changing local government policy to impact emissions directly.
We would be grateful if you would volunteer for making the case for emergency speed climate action by checking the box below.