The world’s most renowned scientific body on climate change (The Scientific Working Group of the IPCC - the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) has published a report today which removes all doubt that climate change is due to human activity.
The study is the most comprehensive on the subject to date and significantly states human induced carbon emissions will almost certainly increase global temperature rise by up to 4 degrees C by the end of the century, and possibly 6.4 degrees. This is far beyond the widely-accepted danger threshold of 2 deg.C, and will cause massive loss of life, species loss, humanitarian and economic catastrophe.
Stop Climate Chaos, which embraces over 50 organisations including many of the most respected NGOs in the UK has launched a major public campaign called I Count which aims to prove that climate change is not too big a problem to fix and that positive solutions are already at hand.
“The scientists have done their job. It’s now over to us. We can all substantially reduce our personal carbon emissions, and politicians of all parties must ensure the UK’s total emissions fall by at least 3% per year from now. As a country we can and must set an example and inspire a new and effective international deal on climate change.”
Ashok Sinha, Stop Climate Chaos
I Count was launched with 25, 000 people in Trafalgar Square last November on the eve of crucial global talks on climate change in Nairobi and putting pressure on Tony Blair to introduce a strong and effective Bill on climate change this year. People are being encouraged to sign up online (www.icount.org.uk) or text ‘I Count’ to 84424 and send a message to government to do ALL they can to stop climate chaos. Since its launch, the campaign has generated widespread support, including leading environmental experts.
“I’m backing I Count because the world is facing its greatest man-made threat ever: climate change. Urgent action is needed - by individuals and most of all governments. Without political will, action on the scale required will not be possible. That is why I am supporting Stop Climate Chaos.” David Attenborough
The government maintains that it will beat its Kyoto Protocol target of 12.5% reductions on all greenhouse gases by 2012 as compared to 1990. But this is a first step and not enough. What the government won’t hit by its own admission its own 20% cut in C02 emissions by 2010 as compared to 1990. This means the UK hasn’t got its emissions effectively under control.
Also, as the Stern report clearly showed, it will be the least developed countries who will be hit first and worst. Aside from domestic action and brokering a new international deal, the UK government must assist poor countries to cope with disasters caused by global warming, on top of existing development aid, and help them with access to clean energy to enable environmentally sustainable economic growth.
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2. SCC members include: Friends of the Earth, Christian Aid, Greenpeace, Oxfam, People & Planet, National Federation of Women’s Institutes, RSPB, Tearfund, World Wide Fund for Nature - UK (Board members), A Rocha, ACTSA, Action Aid, Airport Watch, BMS World Mission, CAFOD, Campaign against Climate Change, Campaign to Protect Rural England, Carplus, Climate Outreach and Information Network, Come off It, Ethical Consumer, Ethical Jobs, From Greenhouse to Green House, Garden Organic, Glasgow Eco-Renovation Network, Global Student Forum, Green TV, Islamic Foundation for Ecology and Environmental Science, Islamic Relief, Medact, National Commission for Justice and Peace, The National Trust for Scotland, Operation Noah, Plan B, Practical Action, Road Block, SAOCC, Save our World, SCIAF (Scottish Action on Climate Change), Shared Energy, SPEAK, Spokes, Surfers Against Sewage, Sustrans, Take Global Warming Seriously, The Wildlife Trusts, Transport 2000, UNA, Unison, Women's Environmental Network, Woodland Trust, World Development Movement, Youth Against Climate Change
3. The I Count Campaign calls on the UK government to provide:
• action internationally: ensure that global greenhouse gas emissions are irreversibly declining by 2015
• action for justice: deliver assistance to developing countries to adapt to climate change and give access to clean energy to meet their developmental needs
• action in the UK: introduce a Climate Bill to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by at least 3% per year.