The evidence is unequivocal: we are facing an urgent Climate Emergency. Over the course of several decades, the continuous rise in carbon emissions has inflicted severe harm upon the delicate ecological and societal systems that sustain humanity. If we fail to #ActInTime, we risk incalculable ecological devastation and human suffering. However, there is still hope.
Guided by the latest scientific findings, the Climate Clock provides us with crucial information on what actions we must take and when. The Deadline and Lifelines displayed on the Climate Clock emphasize the urgency and magnitude of the measures political leaders must implement to mitigate the most severe consequences of climate change.
The Deadline highlighted by the Clock indicates that, based on current rates of greenhouse gas emissions, we have less than eight years remaining within our global "carbon budget." Staying under the critical threshold of 1.5°C global warming, which offers a two-thirds chance, becomes increasingly challenging as time ticks away.
The Renewable Energy Lifeline presented by the Clock informs us that renewable energy sources currently contribute 12.5% of global energy production, with a positive upward trend. However, the rate of progress is far from sufficient to meet our needs.
Collectively, the Deadline and Lifeline establish our primary objective: we must #ActInTime by reducing greenhouse gas emissions and transitioning to a 100% renewable energy future.
Although no government has fully committed to this ambitious timeline, we are bound by the imperatives of science and justice rather than the convenience of elected officials or CEOs.
It is essential that we do not deceive ourselves into thinking we have more time than reality allows.
We are confronted with a single Deadline, yet we possess numerous Lifelines. Let us seize the opportunity to #ActInTime and secure a sustainable future.