Tipping Point declaration

A call to NGOs and local groups to sign up to a clear statement of climate science.

The Kirklees Campaign against Climate Change has drawn up the Tipping Point declaration – an eight point statement about the causes and impacts of climate change both now and in the future. Originally the basis of a local campaign, they are now using this for a wider initiative to raise awareness of climate science.

Listening to most debate on the UK's energy future, transport policy or economy, the lack of awareness of the climate context is striking. Most politicians, like most members of the public, see climate change as a distant threat, less pressing than economic concerns, and something that we only have to worry about when a lot more warming has taken place. Yet already at 0.8C , the melting Arctic reflects less heat and creates its own impetus for further warming. Further positive feedback mechanisms are a serious concern.

We need to stop talking about whether 2C is 'politically feasible' and start listening to the scientists. The Campaign against Climate Change encourages national and local organisations to sign up to this declaration and use it to help wake up decision makers to the reality of climate change here and now. 

Email kirkleesccc@hotmail.co.uk to sign up.

 

From KCCC's website;


Tipping Point Declaration.

 
Over the past two years, man-made climate change has been increasingly evident in extreme weather and other impacts. These include the record-breaking summer melting of Arctic sea ice in 2012, heatwaves in the US and Australia and Typhoon Haiyan, the most powerful typhoon ever recorded to hit land.
 
We state that:
  • In its most recent report, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has stated that ‘warming of the climate system is unequivocal’ with many of the observed changes being unprecedented over decades to millennia.
  • Climate change has already resulted in Arctic sea ice decreasing in extent, glaciers shrinking almost worldwide, sea levels rising by 19cms (since 1901) and oceans becoming increasingly acidic.
  • Climate change is already costing the world $1.2 trillion per year and causing the deaths of hundreds of thousands of people each year through extreme weather, drought and conflict.
  • The IPCC is 95% confident that the cause of the climate change is greenhouse gas emissions from the burning of fossil fuels and land use changes by humans. It states that carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases have increased to levels unprecedented in at least the last 800,000 years.
  • Continued emissions of greenhouse gases will cause further global warming and climate change. Further global warming risks the crossing of ‘tipping points’ (in natural processes) leading to run-away climate change which threatens civilisation itself
  • Current national and international measures to cut emissions in such a way as to keep below 2 degrees of global warming and avoid crossing ‘tipping points’ are wholly inadequate.
  • Some eminent climate scientists are now warning that the limit of 2 degrees of global warming may itself be a “dangerous target” as catastrophic events will be triggered by a 1 degree rise in temperature. Governments need to investigate these warnings.
  • Nations should implement radical short-term emissions cuts consistent with the latest science while working to reach an international deal to avoid dangerous climate change. To avoid global warming of more than 2 degrees we must not emit more than our remaining carbon budget of 565 gigatonnes of carbon dioxide – leaving eighty per cent of proven fossil fuel reserves in the ground.

 

“Rising to the challenge of climate change is a big idea for next year. In 2014,
we must turn the greatest collective challenge facing humankind today – climate change – into the greatest opportunity
for common progress towards a sustainable future. Next year is the year for climate action.”  
Ban Ki Moon
 

Notes and references available on the Kirklees Campaign against Climate Change's website.