Richer Countries Need To Reach Zero Emissions Much Faster, Greta Thunberg tells Davos 2020
And please note that these figures are global and therefore do not say anything about the aspects of equity, which is absolutely necessary to make the Paris Agreement work on a global scale. And that means that richer countries need to get down to zero emissions much faster and then help poorer countries do the same so that people in less fortunate parts of the world can raise their living standards.
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Watch: @GretaThunberg speak at #Davos2020 where she cites the #IPCC report on #climatechange from 2018:" I’ve been repeating these numbers at nearly every speech I’ve given for the last 18 months", but nobody's giving it importance, not even media#ClimateChange #ClimateCrisis pic.twitter.com/D9mDOfRzrZ— GoNewsIndia (@GoNews_India) January 21, 2020
These numbers also don't include most feedback loops, non- linear tipping points nor additional warming hidden by toxic air pollution. Most models, however, assume that future generations will, however, somehow be able to suck hundreds of billions of tons of CO2 out of the air with technologies that do not exist today in the scale required - and perhaps never will. The approximate 67 percent chance is the one with the highest odds given by the IPCC. And now we have less than 340 gigatons of CO2 left to emit in that budget to share fairly. And why is it so important to stay below 1.5 degrees Celsius? Because even at 1 degree people are dying from climate change because that is what the united science calls for, to avoid destabilising the climate so that we have the best possible chance to avoid setting off irreversible chain reactions.
Every fraction of a degree matters. Since last summer, I've been repeating these numbers over and over again in almost every speech. But honestly, I don't think I have once seen any media outlets or person in power communicate this and what it means. I know you don't want to report about this. I know you don't want to talk about this, but I assure you I will continue to repeat these numbers until you do."