The solution is to cut greenhouse gas emissions and commit to a low carbon future.
To prevent the dangerous climate change that would result from an increase in average global temperatures above 1.5°C, global greenhouse gas emissions need to be cut by at least 80% by 2050.
For cuts of this level to be achieved, changes are needed urgently, such as:
- humanity’s energy needs are met from sustainable sources (such as solar, wind, geothermal and biofuels)
- energy is used efficiently
- carbon dioxide emissions from deforestation have stopped
- humanity lives within the planet’s means
Most of the technology needed for this low-carbon future already exists. What is needed is action to encourage the adoption of this technology by governments, industries and businesses, other organisations, and individuals.