It is safe to say that climate change is a reality. The last 18 to 20 years have been the hottest on record. 2020 was the hottest year on record despite Covid-19 lockdowns.
Without additional commitments to decarbonization, the planet is on track for 3.2 degrees of warming. This is also linked to an increased likelihood of pandemics, extreme weather events, droughts, flooding and widespread destabilization of global food, economic and security systems. Emissions need to be reduced by 50% to get to 1.5 degrees by 2030 to get this under control. Left unchecked, global warming will undo gains made to the UN SDGs including poverty alleviation, hunger, good health and well-being. It will undo economic recovery.
Now is the time to take action.