The timeline for avoiding the worst impacts of climate change just got shorter — one decade — according to the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which released its new report.
Drawing data from more than 6,000 scientific studies, the report tells us that our assumptions about acceptable temperature rise were way off, and now millions of people are in danger if we don’t take action. A potentially more alarming outcome of this study is just how little time we really have to avoid the most catastrophic impacts of climate change. We must reduce global greenhouse gas emissions even more dramatically than we thought and we have to reach net zero emissions by 2050. These goals are increasingly difficult to reach as global greenhouse gas emissions are increasing every day.
So what should we do?
Earth Day Network played an important role in helping to pass the Paris Climate agreement. Now we need your help to create the political will and commitment to dramatically reduce greenhouse gas emissions. We are at a tipping point and it is critical that you and everyone you know votes on Election Day — Tuesday, November 6th — for candidates who will fight to protect our planet. We need every single vote — and every single voice — speaking out in support of environmental regulations and climate control.
You can check your voter registration status and polling location here. We need everyone to support pro-environmental policies in the United States and around the world.