#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.
SurviveWhy 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"
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
Aerial Photo Maldives - Source: Badruddeen - License: CC BY-ND 2.0
ThriveWhy it's an opportunity to thrive
"Fighting climate change is a tremendous opportunity to make communities healthier, safer & more prosperous"
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
Sun over suburbia - Source: Hadi Zaher - License: CC BY-ND 2.0
ParisBecause Paris decides
"Paris was the decisive moment where the international community choose an agreement to survive and thrive"
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
Paris - Source: Moyan Brenn - License: CC BY 2.0
Video#1o5C campaign videos
Quick FactsThe basis of 1.5oC
All about below 1.5oC goal
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
Light Reading - Source: Martin - License: CC BY 2.0
PhotoCampaigners for #1o5C photo gallery
Supporters & ResourcesWhich 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
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