You may have heard of the recent IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) report on the state of the climate. It’s their sixth assessment report and it paints a familiar but worsening picture. One that demands action!
The full report, endorsed by nearly 200 governments worldwide, is a long read but here are five take-away points:
- Changes in climate are widespread, rapid and intensifying. They are unprecedented in thousands of years.
- Human activities are indisputably causing climate change. Making heatwaves, heavy rainfall and droughts more frequent and severe.
- There is no going back from some changes in the system. However, some could be slowed and others stopped by limiting warming.
- Climate change is already affecting every region. The changes we are experiencing will increase with further warming.
- Unless there are immediate and large-scale greenhouse gas emission reductions, limiting warming to 1.5C will be beyond reach.
The first interview in this podcast clearly explains the situation and what is at stake. We would encourage you to listen to it as education about these issues is key.
You may be wondering what you can do? There are many great resources out there for those wishing to assess and alter their own impact, join groups taking action, and contacting your representatives etc. We covered many of these in our PACE pull-out last year, which is available as a PDF here – tinyurl.com/PACEPullOut
Please do also get in touch with our PACE (Powick Action on Climate Emergency) sub-group if you would like any further information, or to join us in making changes locally: firstname.lastname@example.org