Why are we doing this?

The climate crisis is the biggest emergency facing humanity.

 

The evidence is everywhere and the science is undeniable. Over the past decade, our carbon dioxide emissions have risen 11 percent. We need to reverse that trend and fast.

 

We think this excerpt below from The Uninhabitable Earth by David Wallace-Wells sums up the scale of damage being unleashed…

We could continue reciting stats and figures from hundreds of thousands of studies, we are all aware of the damage being done. The chances are if you are reading this then you are already fully aware of our climate emergency.

Our collective lifestyle changes and actions count, every action counts, but these actions only cannot be a substitute for political action required. With just 100 companies responsible for 70% of greenhouse gas emissions globally, government policy is a key factor to holding these organisations accountable. Making big shifts in reversing the damage that has been done means voting for and demanding government and corporate action on climate. “If the world’s most conspicuous emitters, the top 10%, reduced their emissions to only the EU average, total global emissions would fall by 35%.” David Wallace-Wells.

 

Through awareness and education of climate issues at re:earth we hope to encourage people to use their vote and voice to demand the level of change the world requires.

 

At re:earth we are here to enable you to start taking action. There is no more time left for “what if” or “someone else will do it”, you are that someone and together we can take the necessary steps to start reversing climate change.

 

It’s simple, save what you love.

David Wallace-Wells

“The earth has gone through 5 mass extinctions before the one we are living through now…. All but the one that killed the dinosaurs was caused by climate change produced by greenhouse gases…. The most notorious was 250 million years ago. It began when carbon dioxide warmed the planet by 5 degrees-Celsius, accelerated when that warming triggered the release of methane, another greenhouse gas, and ended with all but a slither of life on Earth dead. We are currently adding carbon to the atmosphere at a considerable faster rate. By most estimates, at least 10 times faster. The rate is 100 times faster than at any point during human history before industrialisation.

 

Many persevere climate change as a moral debt accumulated since the beginning of the industry revolution and now due after several centuries. In fact, more than half of the carbon exhaled into the atmosphere by the burning of fossil fuels has been emitted in just the last 3 decades. Which means we have done as much damage to the state of the planet and its ability to sustain human life and civilisation since Al Gore published his first book on climate than all the centuries, all the millennia that came before.”

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Fossil Fuels

Since 2000, the world has doubled its coal-fired power capacity.

 

The way coal’s next chapter unfolds is key to tackling climate change. Global unabated coal use must fall by around 80% this decade if warming is to be limited to less than 1.5C above pre-industrial temperatures, according to recent Carbon Brief analysis

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