Climate & Ecological Emergency
The 2020s are the Climate Change Decade
By 2030, carbon emissions need to be cut to levels 45% below 2010 levels.
That could hold the rise of global temperatures to 1.5°C.
This will still bring with it unprecedented environmental challenges, but it might avert complete catastrophe.
But, as things are, today, in 2020, we are on track for a global temperature increase of 3 to 4°C.
Three degrees is considered the tipping point beyond which it may be impossible to prevent the extermination of a large portion of the species on Earth.
The international community acknowledges the seriousness of climate change… and quantitatively define the challenge to hold “the increase in … temperature to well below 2°C … and to pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5°C”. (IPCC)
But not enough is being done.
‘If world leaders remain doggedly committed to a scientifically illiterate focus on 2050 (“not in my term of office”), any ‘carbon budget’ for even an outside chance of 2°C will have been squandered – and our global experiment will be hurtling towards 4°C or more.’ (Prof. Kevin Anderson, Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research, School of Engineering, University of Manchester)
The climate crisis is one symptom among many of an unsustainable world.
An acute symptom.
At the same time the sustainability crisis is a choice.
A chance to put everything right.
And in that lies our hope.
‘Our House Is On Fire’ Malena Ernman 2018
See my post Coronavirus & Hope
The 2020s are the Climate Change Decade: Climate begets biodiversity emergency
‘With current Paris Agreement pledges corresponding to 3.2°C of warming, instead of the UN goal of less than 2°C, our paper in Science shows that losses of geographic range of greater than 50% are projected in half of insects, 44% of plants, and a quarter of vertebrates.’ Read more on https://tyndall.ac.uk/ Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research March 2020
Everything is about pies. In order to limit global warming to two degree Celsius we have a limited CO2 pie, which contains all the CO2 we can ever release. When we’ve used the whole pie there’s no CO2 pie left. So that last little slice of pie we now have remaining must be divided up fairly between all the countries of then world.’
Kevin Anderson, Professor of Energy and Climate Change kevinanderson.info/blog/home-2/ and adviser to our government on climate issues.
‘Taking steps back is inevitable. The question is, will we take them now, while we can still do it in an orderly way – or wait until later …. ?’Malena Ernman 2018 ‘Our House Is On Fire’
‘The sustainability crisis is what it all boils down to. It includes everything we do – from air pollution to economic structures, and it leads us to the core of humankind’s state of health.’ p42
‘A balanced, functioning atmosphere is a finite asset; a limited natural resource that belongs equally to all living things and beings.
To maintain a safe a safe and sustainable climate the concentration of CO2 should not exceed 350 parts per million according to our leading researchers. At the present time we have already passed 415 ppm and within ten to twelve years we’re expected to reach 440ppm. And so on.’ p72
‘We live in a time of historical abundance. The world’s combined resources have never been greater. Just like the chasm dividing rich and poor. Some have so insanely much more than they need. Others have nothing.
At the same time the world around is only faring worse. The ice is melting. Insects are dying. The forests are disappearing and the oceans and other ecosystems are struggling more and more each day.’ p75
‘The hard truth is that our ecological credit ran out when we passed 350 parts per million of CO2 in the atmosphere. More precisely, in 1987.’ p85‘Our House Is On Fire’ Malena and Beata Ernman; Svante and Greta Thunberg. 2018 (translated into English 2020) Allen Lane
More quotes on my post jillgoodman.co.uk/our-house-is-on-fire
This year I’ve refreshed our local Lynher Valley website – www.lynhervalley.co.uk – to give a focus of Climate & Ecological Emergency.
This includes www.cornwallartistsdeclare.co.uk , welcoming artists from across the county to join us in declaring a Climate & Ecological Emergency, and to help spread the word that Climate Emergency is something that we can and must address, in whatever way we can, large and small.
If you live/work in Cornwall and are interest to know more, there are lots of thoughts, ideas, suggestions and resources here to help us become active, rather than inactive, in this time of climate emergency. And please join us!
See my post jillgoodman.co.uk/cornwall-artists-declare
We are registered with Art & Culture declare a Climate & Ecological Emergency, culturedeclares.org
I also registered last year as an individual artist.
Contributing to local actions, I am part of our parish working group for Climate Emergency Action, www.northhillclimate.org
For our Climate Emergency Information Fayre I prepared ’50 Things We Can Do’ – see my post parish-climate-emergency-action – and I’ve put these onto our website www.lynhervalley.co.uk/50-things to help us all think about making changes in our daily lives.
I’m now a volunteer delivery person for our parish, for the Tamar Valley Grow Local Scheme www.tamarvalleyfoodhubs.org.uk . Every Friday afternoon I collect from the HQ and bring our orders of fresh local produce back to the village. Small actions to help make a difference.
This is a post from 2018 is about the need to avoid palm oil jillgoodman.co.uk/say-hello-to-rang-tan
Having been part of the Green Tourism Scheme (2005-2012 Gold Award) it became essential to think about how and where to make changes – local purchasing, organic & Fairtrade products, phosphate-free washing, wild-life friendly garden, renewable energy, ethical banking, and so on.
In 2000 I planted a small woodland, which is an idyllic corner now, for wildlife and for me.