The Climate and Health Council needs your voice - PWC warns that we're on track for a 6C rise by 2100

Published by: Climate and Health Council on 6th Nov 2012 | View all blogs by Climate and Health Council
The giant accountancy firm PriceWaterhouseCoopers warned government and business leaders yesterday that the world is currently on course for an increase in average global temperatures of 6°C by 2100. This is because current efforts to reduce dangerous greenhouse gas emissions are too weak across the board. The warning comes in timely fashion, ahead of international climate talks in Doha, Qatar in just a few weeks time.

And a key article by Bill McKibben (founder of 350.org) published earlier this year explained clearly the maths of why we cannot afford to burn even those fossil fuels already within markets if we hope to stay under the threshold for dangerous climate change.


"Even doubling our current rate of decarbonisation would still lead to emissions consistent with 6C warming by the end of the century."
Leo Johnson, PwC

More at:
http://www.pwc.com/gx/en/sustainability/publications/low-carbon-economy-index/index.jhtml
MT @LiesCraeynest: PwC 'It isn't shock tactics, it's simple maths. We'r heading into uncharted territory' #climatechange http://tinyurl.com/bcsp42r



What can you do?

Beyond making changes at home or work (we'd love to see your stories or pictures!), you can speak or write to your politicians, explain the health impacts of such a rise, and ask them to call on your country's government to increase adaptation funding for developing countries and push for an ambitious and binding climate deal.  Moreover, health professionals can communicate the immense health co-benefits of sustainability.

If you're in the UK, you could join UNICEF UK's 'Speak Up for Children' campaign and lobby your MP, and if you're a student, why not join Healthy Planet UK's UK team during the upcoming climate summit in Qatar - just email healthyplanet@medsin.org to find out how you can get involved.

If you want to get more involved in the Climate and Health Council's advocacy work, eg as a volunteer, please email Robin@climateandhealth.org.

Comments

2 Comments

  • Jacqueline Harris
    by Jacqueline Harris 1 year ago
    As it is clear from both the PWC report and Bill McKibben's article immediate action is vital. Who do CHC members suggest would be the best politicians to target?
    I plan to start an AVAAZ petition and need to know who to deliver this too.
  • Isobel Braithwaite
    by Isobel Braithwaite 1 year ago
    Great! Ed Davey (Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change) and Greg Barker (Minister of State for Energy and Climate Change) would probably be the best people, but there are obviously a lot of organisations already lobbying them and they're probably fairly well aware of most of this (local politicians however may well not be so local lobbying and engaging with local media is definitely also worthwhile) - essentially it also depends what sort of campaign you're thinking of. I might send you a message in fact with a few other bits and pieces.
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