Global efforts to tackle climate change come up short
by Martyn Lowder
What's Going On Here?
Global efforts to tackle climate change fall short as the gap report shows that CO2 emissions rise for the first time in four years.
The news comes just days before world leaders meet at the UN climate conference in Poland next week (COP 24).
What Does This Mean?
The gap report highlights the difference between the level of greenhouse gas emissions that the world can sustain to keep temperatures within safe limits (set out in the Paris agreement), with the levels that are likely based on the pledges and actions taken by countries.
In short, the emission gap report released by the UNEP (United Nations Environment Programme) shows us the gap between where countries promised they would be with how far we've actually got, and it’s big, very big!
ONLY 57 countries, representing 60% percent of global emissions, are currently on track.
(And you've guessed it, the UK isn't one of them)
Why Should We Care?
Well, if there is one message that has been made abundantly clear about climate change in recent years, it is that the time to act is now!
Will this year be a Good COP or a Bad COP?
Is there anything positive I hear you ask??
Of course there is! And here are three 3 doozies for yaaa
Attenborough to the rescue - Our pal Dave takes the 'people's seat' at COP 24 in Poland next week. Given his experience communicating with primates, who better placed to educate our apathetic world leaders.
It’s not all about countries - "Non-state actors" (local, city and regional governments, businesses and higher education institutions) are joining the party! The UN estimate that, right now, more than 7,000 cities from 133 countries and 6,000 companies with at least $36 trillion in revenue have pledged to take climate action.
Your voice matters, SHOUT! - People around the world are taking a stand . We have seen Mothers in Sweden boycotting air travel and we’ve been inspired by protestors on Tower Bridge, London. Get involved and make your voice heard.
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