What it’s about
Greta Thunberg is a Swedish climate activist in her teens. She began the #FridaysforFuture movement by sitting in front of the Swedish parliament every school day for three weeks, and then every Friday thereafter, demanding more rigorous climate action from politicians. Greta has now delivered several speeches to leaders at the World Economic Forum, COP24, the EU Parliament, and more, demanding climate action and communicating climate change science. Watch all of Greta’s speeches here.
The scientific evidence
On October 8, 2018 the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPPC) published a special report on the impacts of global warming of 1.5C above pre-industrial levels. The key findings have strong implications for climate change risks and projections, greenhouse gas emission pathways, and global response. Read the headline statements here and view the Summary for Policymakers here.
A simple text and visual aid for understanding the climate crisis, presented by 350.org which “was founded in 2008 by a group of university friends in the United States along with author Bill McKibben, who wrote one of the first books on global warming for the general public, with the goal of building a global climate movement. 350 was named after 350 parts per million — the safe concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.”
What’s happening locally
On April 23, 2019 the City of London, Ontario, declared a climate emergency, joining Halifax, Kingston, Vancouver, Ottawa, and more in this declaration. What does this mean for London? A climate emergency declaration is a “public signal indicating that governments and society will be mobilised in emergency mode” to take serious action against climate change. Read more about climate emergency declarations here.