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#1o5C: Paris signing: Seal the deal and make it real

Four months after the historic COP21, governments have started the process of signing and ratifying the historic Paris Agreement, On International Earth Day, 22 April 2016, government representatives from likely more than 130 countries will formally sign the deal in New York, and many are expected to ratify in the coming months to progress for the Agreement’s entry into force.

This must now accelerate action required for building climate-resilient, thriving societies in a world where the impacts of climate change are limited by keeping global warming within 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels .

All countries decided at the 2015 UN Climate Change Conference (COP21) in Paris to limit global warming to well below 2 degrees Celsius this century with efforts to limit the temperature rise to not more than 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels.

With now 1 degree of warming to-date, people around the world have already been put at extreme danger. Doubling that warming would be reckless and call into question the survival of some of the world’s lowest lying atoll nations. Thus, this commitment gives hope to millions of people everywhere to survive and thrive in a safer, healthier and more sustainable environment.

Governments, civil society organizations and people everywhere now have a unique opportunity to work together to keep warming to a minimum for the prosperity of all.



Why it's about survival

"0.85 Degrees C of Warming is Too Much; More than double current warming at even 2 degrees is simple unconscionable"

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It’s About Survival: Only 1.5°C or below guarantees survival

Impacts Overwhelm Us Even Today: At current warming, capacity to adapt is alreadyfrequently exceeded.

Impacts Already Hurt: The impact of climate change severely affects people and communities around the world

Warming is Reality: Rates of warming fluctuate due to nature’s climate systems, but it’s getting hotter and hotter all the time

The Poor Suffer Most: Climate change impacts are felt around the world, but vulnerability is mostly linked to poverty

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Aerial Photo Maldives - Source: Badruddeen - License: CC BY-ND 2.0


Why it's an opportunity to thrive
Girl getting water from the faucet

"Fighting climate change is a tremendous opportunity to make communities healthier, safer & more prosperous"

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Prosperity requires climate safety: Communities around the world live under the constant threat of severe climate shocks

Fighting climate change improves public health: More than 7 million people die prematurely every year because of air pollution

1.5°C boosts environmental protection: The number of species under threat of extinction has increased dramatically in recent years – tackling climate change will improve chances for the world’s plants and wildlife

Tackle energy poverty with increased climate ambition: Conventional forms of energy production and distribution dating from the 19th century or earlier have failed to reach more than one billion people in the 21st century

Accelerate progress to harness local power supplies for greater energy security: Most countries have minimal carbon resources – all are abundant in renewable energy

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Sun over suburbia - Source: Hadi Zaher - License: CC BY-ND 2.0
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Because Paris decides

"Paris was the decisive moment where the international community choose an agreement to survive and thrive"

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At COP21 in Paris, the international community seized the opportunity to survive and thrive by strengthening the global temperature goal from 2 degrees Celsius to 1.5°C

Science and evidence call for 1.5°C: The major, multi-year international review into the 2°C goal recommended efforts to keep temperatures to a minimum in accordance with latest science

Now through the Paris Agreement, all 195 countries have signed up to support efforts to achieve the 1.5°C temperature goal

1.5°C means more climate action by all: achieving 1.5°C will require highly ambitious emission reductions and enhanced international collaboration

Now that all countries agreed at the UN Climate Change Conference at Paris to a comprehensive new international framework to combat climate change, every nation is expected to contribute to achieving the 1.5°C limit

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Paris - Source: Moyan Brenn - License: CC BY 2.0


#1o5C campaign videos

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Panel of scientists from Bonn June Review- Source: UNFCCC - License: All right reserved

Quick Facts

The basis of 1.5oC
Eiffel Tower

All about below 1.5oC goal

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What 1.5°C Means: The temperature goal is the most fundamental target for global climate action

It’s Feasible: 1.5°C is the most ambitious target still considered achievable, and it can be done

What It Takes: It will take stronger climate action and net zero emissions by mid-century to achieve 1.5°C

Why Paris Matters: COP21 strengthened international efforts to tackle climate change by agreeing on the most ambitious possible limit to global warming or 1.5°C

Making Sense of Degrees: Strengthening the 2 degrees goal by just 0.5°C to 1.5 degrees would make a tremendous difference for the safety and prosperity of people around the world

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Light Reading - Source: Martin - License: CC BY 2.0


Campaigners for #1o5C photo gallery
people rallying

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Climate march photo New York Sept 2014 - Source: South Bend Voice -  License: BY-SA 2.0
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Supporters & Resources

Which states & organisation back 1.5oC and key resources

Over 100 nations, hundreds of civil society groups, and a wealth of scientific information affirm from the below 1.5oC goal

States Supporting 1.5°C
Organisations & Movements for 1.5°C

1.5°C Reports
1.5°C Articles

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COP21 Logo - Source: COP21 Official Website - License: BY-SA 2.0
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The #1o5C campaign for Paris


Climate Action Network - CAN

Climate Vulnerable Forum