Society is awakening to the facts of a climate emergency and the need for urgent climate action. Are individuals’ demands, governmental requests, and major funds and companies aligned?
Extinction Rebellion – The Truth
The movement states: “We are facing an unprecedented Global emergency. Life on Earth is in crisis: scientists agree we have entered a period of abrupt breakdown, and we are in the midst of mass extinction of our own making.”
The United Nations (UN) – The message is clear
The Secretary-General of the UN, António Guterres, made it clear in his remarks on Climate Change towards the end of 2018:
- Climate change is the defining issue of our time.
- We face a direct existential threat.
The United Kingdom Members of Parliament’ (MPs) call – Carbon neutral by 2050
As a consequence of this Global Emergency, MPs are asking for changesto set a new Zero-emissions target before 2050, to improve on the current target of 80% reduction from the levels in 1990.
A group of MPs from the opposition, led by Jeremy Corbin stated: “… this House declares an environment and climate emergency following the finding of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change that to avoid a more than 1.5°C rise in global warming, global emissions would need to fall by around 45 per cent from 2010 levels by 2030, reaching net zero by around 2050…”
The current situation – Measurement
There is no official definition of climate emergency. The carbon-neutral target is a basis that is enabling all parties to have a common understanding and come together to take action.