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FIGHT CLIMATE CHANGE
16-year-old Swedish Climate activist Greta Thunberg speaks at the 2019 United Nations Climate Action Summit at U.N. headquarters in New York City, September 23, 2019.
This is all wrong. I shouldn’t be up here. I should be back in school on the other side of the ocean. Yet you all come to us young people for hope. How dare you?
You have stolen my dreams and my childhood with your empty words, and yet I’m one of the lucky ones. People are suffering, people are dying. Entire ecosystems are collapsing. We are in the beginning of a mass extinction and all you can talk about is money and fairytales of eternal economic growth. How dare you?
For more than 30 years, the science has been crystal clear. How dare you continue to look away and come here saying that you’re doing enough when the politics and solutions needed are still nowhere in sight? You say you hear us and that you understand the urgency, but no matter how sad and angry I am, I do not want to believe that. Because if you really understood the situation and still kept on failing to act, then you would be evil and that I refuse to believe.
The popular idea of cutting our emissions in half in ten years only gives us a 50 percent chance of staying below 1.5 degrees and the risk of setting up irreversible chain reactions beyond human control. Fifty percent may be acceptable to you, but those numbers do not include tipping points most feedback loops, additional warming hidden by toxic air pollution, or the aspects of equity and climate justice.
They also rely on my generation sucking hundreds of billions of tons of your CO2 out of the air with technologies that barely exist. So a 50 percent risk is simply not acceptable to us. We who have to live with the consequences. To have a 67 percent chance of staying below the 1.5 degree of temperature rise, the best odds given by the IPCC, the world had 420 gigatons of CO2 left to emit back on January 1, 2018.
Today that figure is already down to less than 350 gigatons. How dare you pretend that this can be solved with just business as usual and some technical solutions? With today’s emissions levels, that remaining CO2 that entire budget will be gone is less than 8 and a half years. There will not be any solutions or plans presented in line with these figures here today because these numbers are too uncomfortable and you are still not mature enough to tell it like it is.
You are failing us, but young people are starting to understand your betrayal. The eyes of all future generations are upon you. And if you choose to fail us, I say we will never forgive you. We will not let you get away with this, right here, right now, is where we draw the line. The world is waking up, and change is coming whether you like it or not.
Paris Climate Change Agreement: The world's greatest diplomatic success. Ministers adopt historic agreement to keep global warming "well below 2C and signal the end of fossil fuels".
"I believe the future envisaged in the 2030 Agenda should be more than mere ideals; it should be translated into practical goals that we must be sure to attain, both for our sake and for future generations." -- Park Geun-hye, the president of the Republic of Korea. "Environmental problems have taught us humans living on planet earth that we are all in the same boat. What others do also impacts our destiny. We cannot be assured of our own peace and security, whilst ignoring how others are living. Without extensive cooperation at the national, regional and international levels, achieving the 'Sustainable Development Goals' will be very difficult." -- Hassan Rouhani, the president of Iran.
"The world has witnessed the decline in extreme poverty, an increase in access to primary education in developing regions, and improvements in child as well as maternal health. These show that the target-oriented approach is practical and feasible. At the same time, we note that there has been uneven progress worldwide. This means there are more for us to do." -- Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu'izzaddin Waddaulah, sultan and Yang de-pertuan of Brunei Darussalam.
"We are proud that the universal agenda we are endorsing in this Summit is a truly ambitious and inclusive one, with poverty eradication and sustainable development at its heart. It brings together, in a comprehensive and integrated manner, the three dimensions of sustainable development: Economic, Social and Environmental. It marks a change of thought and attitude towards our natural resources and the way we use them." -- Nicos Anastasiades, the president of Cyprus.
"The targeted sustainable development faces great challenges, due to the patterns of conduct of man throughout the ages, that are sounding the alarm for us, in addition to the impact of natural disasters and the rise in Earth's temperature, thus increasing our responsibilities, and calls upon us to expand more efforts to achieve the desired development we all look forward to." -- Sheikh Sabah al Ahmad Al Jaber Al Sabah, the amir of Kuwait.
"The post-2015 development agenda that we adopted yesterday is of great importance for the developing countries, especially the least developed countries and countries in special situations." -- Choummaly Sayasone, the president of the Laos.
"This year we stand witness to a historic juncture in development. The post-2015 development agenda represents our oath to our future generation, that we will strive together to leave them a legacy of a more prosperous world through sustainable development." -- Muhammad Jusuf Kalla, vice president of Indonesia
"The Inuit language for 10,000 years never had a word for robin and now there are robins all over their villages." - Senator John McCain, commenting on the effect global warming is already having on Arctic communities.
October 2015 Breaks More Heat Records and Corroborates Accelerated Warming
It just keeps getting hotter, almost every month this year has been the warmest in recorded history and October is no exception. Within this trend is an even more alarming concern. The steady increase in recorded departures from the norm.suggests that the warming may be accelerating.
October 2015 was by far the warmest October on record. This is confirmed by the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA), NOAA and NASA. Until last month we had never recorded a monthly average temperature increase that was more than 1 degree Celsius (1.8 degrees Fahrenheit) above average.
October was 1.04 degrees Celsius above average for the month. NOAA said that October had the largest monthly global temperature anomaly in 1,630 months of record-keeping. The previous record monthly temperature anomaly was set in September of this year.
To add to the monthly data, NASA says that the period between January and October ranks as the warmest such period in its 136 years of record-keeping. This makes it almost certain that 2015 will be even warmer than 2014, currently the warmest year on record. NOAA, NASA and the UK Met Office, all predict that for the first time in recorded history, 2015 will post an average temperature that is more than one degree above the norm.
We know that the earth is warming and we see that this warming is accelerating. As we head into COP21 we are already halfway to the 2 degrees Celsius upper threshold limit. Even if countries meet their emissions reduction pledges (INDC) we will still surpass the 2 degree threshold.
Great news On the morning of September 28, 2015, Shell announced that it would no longer pursue drilling in the Arctic Ocean.
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