It’s important to keep sounding the alarm about the climate crisis which is transforming our world. The climate crisis affects all of us. And only we can solve it. As Climate Leaders (Climate Reality Leadership Corps), we at Below2°C continue to speak the truth about climate change and about the solutions we hold in our hands. We continue to be inconvenient because our world depends on it.
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“The Truth in 10” presentation has been designed as a tool for climate leaders to convey the climate message to their community, school, family, businesses, house of worship and friends. And the message is simple. The climate crisis is urgent, but we have the solutions and the technology to face the challenge and win.
Join the thousands of people around the world who are dedicating themselves to fight for the future of our planet. “Mayors, Governors, CEO’s, teachers, students, and citizens everywhere are leading the way despite President Trump’s announcement regarding his intention to remove the US from the Paris Agreement,” according to Climate Reality.
Published on July 14, 2017
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Former Vice-President Al Gore believes there are now only three questions we have to answer about climate change and our future. Must we change? Can we change? Will we change?
1. Must We Change?
The answer to this question is indisputable and incontestable. Fourteen of the fifteen hottest years on record have occurred since the year 2000. 2016 was warmer than 2015 which was warmer than 2014. So yes, we must change.
2. Can We Change?
We are entering the age of clean energy and technological disruption that will pave the way to a fossil-fuel free future. The decarbonization of the world economic order can happen at a pace considered impossible only a few short years ago. As dramatic cost reductions of renewable energy escalate, much of the developing world will actually leapfrog the fossil fuel era much the same way mobile phones are making land lines irrelevant.
3. Will We Change?
This is the 64 million dollar question. The change has begun but world leaders seem to lack the sense of urgency so desperately needed on the climate question. In spite of the Paris Agreement signed in 2015, the uptake on climate action has been too slow.
The global challenge of climate change is an ethical question that poses a perfect moral storm. Future generations of people least responsible for global warming will suffer the most severe impacts unless we take decisive and immediate action. Humanity is at a crossroad. We are facing both a moral and an existential challenge and it matters how quickly we act.
It matters a lot how quickly we win, and some still doubt that we have the will to act on climate, but please remember that the will to act is itself a renewable resource ~ Al Gore
I don’t know how the world will be in the years to come. There are monstrous forces — climate change, terrorism, uncontrolled economic growth, mass consumerism, overpopulation, nuclear annihilation, socio-economic injustice — shaping our future, a future whose face we do not yet know or understand. Humanity is being challenged as never before. There is great dis-ease and tension in the world and so it seems natural to wonder if we are sliding toward a breaking point.
And so it’s a good time to ask some serious questions. We must all ask ourselves these questions. What is important to me? What do I believe in? What must I fight against? And the key question, what must I fight for?