Time is running out to protect our miraculous planet. With the Paris Climate Change Agreement, the world political leadership started to awaken to the enormous risks we face. The Agreement said that nations would stabilize climate “well below 2°C, pursuing efforts to limit the increase to 1.5°C." Yet nations’ intentions—with reductions postponed and huge fossil fuel incentives still in place—mean a rise of 3.5°C this century, vastly inconsistent with Paris's 1.5-2°C goal. A central assumption for meeting the target involves the massive deployment of undemonstrated, wished-for negative emission technologies. To deliver on Paris means instead an immediate, dramatic fossil fuel phase out. No gradual, decades-long plan for emissions reductions or carbon budgets can plausibly protect a livable climate.
The case is overwhelming for an Emergency Climate Mobilization, as an overriding national priority. With its stated intent of 1.5-2C, Paris actually proves the mobilization case. The aim is zero emissions by 2025 in the US, feasible with a WW2 style mobilization—that is, an emergency restructuring of our economy at rapid speed for a common cause. The US must also provide low-carbon assistance for the developing world. Climate change is an immense crisis, but it is also an immense opportunity to build a just world that works for all.
We must quickly drive an open, truthful national conversation, to achieve a US consensus on this climate mobilization within two years. Public engagement must be galvanized through an extensive warning initiative, thus a Climate Emergency Coalition Campaign will offer personal, face-to-face dialogue in thousands of faith and civic spaces across the nation to awaken citizens to the need for mobilization. A Climate Emergency Coalition creates a pathway for existing organizations to shift their missions to mobilization; additionally, it furthers the public conversation and opens the space for the mobilization to take root.
Importantly, realize that it only takes 3-4% of engaged, impassioned citizens—those most concerned—to transform the situation.
Now is the time for philanthropy to respond, so we must push philanthropy for the needed climate leadership.
Now is our moment. This is our call to greatness.
Join us in protecting our future.