The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has released its special report on the impacts of climate change at 1.5°C and 2°C.
The results are clear - if the world keeps warming below 1.5°C, it will prevent an already dire situation from becoming so much worse. Among other impacts, ocean acidification, forest fires, falling crop yields, heat deaths and the spread of vector-borne disease all increase as the temperature rises.
As Hans-Otto Pörtner, Co-Chair of IPCC Working Group II articulates, “Every extra bit of warming matters, especially since warming of 1.5ºC or higher increases the risk associated with long-lasting or irreversible changes, such as the loss of some ecosystems.”1Read more
Since Ontario saw its new government instated, climate action in Ontario has been disrupted. At the same time, some of the most recent reports show that we have as little as 10 years to stop using fossil fuels and that emissions must be on a decided downward trend by 2020 - just fifteen months. The need for effective, targeted and immediate climate action is critical. We must speak up for good climate plans and demand accountable climate action from government.Read more
On the map, at riseforclimate.org hundreds of events are filling up the continents! From the Californian coast to Papua New Guinea, from South Africa to Iceland, thousands of people are rising up to tell their local leaders they want a swift and fair transition to a fossil free world. The events include concerts, aerial photographs, sit-ins, screenings, forums and lemonade stands. They take place at community centres, libraries and public squares. This is creative, grassroots action, for the people by the people!Read more
The climate is heating up and so are we!
For all of us.
For our children!
On September 8th, join us at the Toronto Rise for Climate action! Rally with us, in solidarity with thousands of people worldwide, to speak out for climate, jobs and justice. Together, we can challenge our dependence on oil and gas. We can demand a swift transition to a sustainable economy with green jobs that support it.
All are welcome, so bring your friends and family!