Reclaim the Power’s ‘End Coal Now’ action, 2016. Photo: Kristian Buus
It’s simple — to keep global warming below 1.5°C, coal, oil + gas needs to stay in the ground.
On October 8, 2018, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released a special report on keeping warming below 1.5°C. It was a wake-up call to the world that the window for avoiding runaway climate change is closing — fast.
To have any chance of staying under 1.5°C of warming, no new fossil fuel project can be allowed to go ahead.
The fossil fuel industry is knowingly causing the climate crisis. Every institution and every single level of government has a role to play in stopping this reckless industry before it’s too late.
We must demand that all institutions withdraw their support from the fossil fuel industry — be that investments, sponsorships, subsidies or permits — and stand up to the industry before it’s too late.
Deliver the Report:
Make sure the message of 1.5°C gets heard.
Groups across the world are delivering the IPCC’s report directly to decision-makers who are supporting the fossil fuel industry.
How you deliver the report is up to you: from simply printing a copy and hand delivering it to your target, to human signs and banner drops — whatever gets the message across.
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The Science of 1.5°C
The effects on temperature extremes can be as high as four or five times the global average. If we cross the 1.5°C line and head towards 2°C, many places will warm far beyond the extra 0.5°C, and up to 2–2.5°C more in some regions.
Wildfires have been increasing in frequency and intensity. A study published in 2012 predicted that, without rapid and drastic measures to reduce CO2 concentration in the atmosphere, the likelihood of fires would increase by 37.8% globally between 2010-2039 (<1.5°C) and by 61.9% in 2070-2099 (>3.5°C).
The fact that climate change increases the intensity of tropical cyclones has been well known for years. Recently, severalstudies on the effects of warming on precipitation foreshadowed the slow-moving storm surge of hurricane Florence. Further warming at 1.5°C or 2°C will increase moisture even more, at about 7% for every 1°C above average.
According to scientists, 28-44% of current glacier volume is unsustainable and would eventually melt in the current climate (1°C above pre-industrial). Further warming to to 1.5°C and 2.0°C “would lead to 159 (115–179) and 191 (139–205) mm” of sea level rise from glacier melt.
Food & Health
Both the availability of food and the quality of it is adversely affected with marked differences between carbon concentration in the atmosphere. A 1.5°C world yields more crops and the food is more nutritious.
A similar effect is in place for fisheries. Fish stocks and size are “somewhat affected” under a low warming scenario corresponding to 1.5°C, but they are “severely affected” under higher warming scenarios.
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A big, bold and creative climate movement is our only hope for solving the climate crisis. Grounded in justice and informed by science, our movement must step up to this moment and move the limits of what is possible.
Ordinary people from all walks of life are already leading the climate movement across the world. The People’s Dossier on 1.5°C contains the stories of these leaders and their communities fighting against fossil fuel projects and for a fast and just transition to 100% renewable energy.
Fighting climate change is about much more than emissions and scientific metrics – it’s about fighting for a just and sustainable world that works for all of us. Building higher walls, detaining and deporting people only increase the suffering of people displaced by climate impacts.
As another COP24 ends, we look at the ‘carbon bomb’ fossil fuel projects around the world that would tip us past 1.5C of global warming. And we look forward to 2019, the year that people power will tip the scales back towards climate justice.