It summarizes the risks of inaction and rewards of action in seven key figures. Together, these demonstrate how:
- Climate change has already caused widespread and substantial losses to almost every aspect of human life on this planet, and the impacts on future generations depend on the choices we make NOW.
- Every bit of warming matters. The warmer the planet gets, the more widespread and pronounced the changes in both average climate and climate and weather extremes become.
- It’s impacting every aspect of life on earth, from our food and water to the viability of the many species that share this planet with us.
- We are not doing nearly enough to avoid dangerous impacts, let alone achieve the targets of the Paris Agreement.
- Our choices matter and the faster we act, the better off we will all be – all of us who call this planet home.
- And finally, the good news: many of the solutions are (a) already available today, and (b) benefit us in so many ways — addressing health, equity, justice, biodiversity, and even economic concerns while increasing resilience and accelerating the transition to a clean energy future.
Climate change stands between us and a better future. Many of the solutions are already at hand. At this point, the only question is: what are we waiting for? It’s all hands on deck time and if you don’t know how to add your hand — well, I (Katharine) have a TED talk about how to begin!
See all the figures here.