Singer: 'I wondered, what is the significance of this 2⁰C number -- and I concluded that it is the "Goldilocks" choice. It turns out, 2⁰C is "just right" -- not too small, not too large. Consider for a moment what would have happened if they had given a number like 0.5⁰C. People would have shrugged their shoulders and said, "Oh, we've already passed that threshold, and nothing has happened. So why worry?'
Ten years ago, on January 25, 2006, Al Gore stood before his Sundance audience at the screening of his “An Inconvenient Truth.” Al Gore waved his quivering finger in the air and told his audience that unless the world takes drastic measures to reduce greenhouse gases within the next 10 years, we will reach a point of no return.
Any agreement about anything involving nearly 200 nations will necessarily be primarily aspirational, exhorting voluntary compliance with inconsequential expectations — to "report" on this and "monitor" that. A single word change that brought the agreement to fruition: It replaced a command (nations "shall" do so and so) with an entreaty (nations "should" do so and so).
“The best projections tell us that we have less than 100 months to alter our behaviour before we risk catastrophic climate change,” the Prince of Wales said in a speech in Rio de Janeiro, as reported by the [U.K.] Telegraph. Four months later, he predicted in an interview with the [U.K.] Independent that the Earth had 96 months left to avoid “irretrievable climate and ecosystem collapse, and all that goes with it.” That prediction, which he continued to reference in other interviews, would have given the world until 2017 before reaching the “tipping point” of environmental catastrophe driven by climate change.
“The cool thing about the training is that I will be able to give presentations for the rest of my life,” Vitoff added... “Ultimately it's about getting our society to become more scientifically literate.*... “This is like kind of a turning point in history,” Vitoff added. “We're either going to choose to make meaningful action and we'll be on the path to a sustainable future or we won't, and it will go downhill from there.”
The governor said the world needs to make significant changes in order to prevent an irreversible "tipping point" in the environment, and he compared the situation to the sinking of the Titanic. “The music was playing. They were all in their finest clothing. But the damn thing went down," he said. “We’re talking about something like that for the whole human experiment.” Brown said the threats from climate change are grave and numerous: “Migration, hunger, war, a major assault on civilization as we know it. The stakes couldn’t be higher, even though they’re not immediate.”
Professor Jeffrey Sachs, the UN special adviser and director of The Earth Institute believes that three key meetings in July, September and November, will present ‘our generation’s best chance to get on track’: Sachs: ‘The time has finally arrived – we’ve been talking about these six months for many years but we’re now here. This is certainly our generation’s best chance to get on track. Such diplomatic opportunities only come around every decade or so, and here they are all aligned in six months. We need to be successful.' Professor Sachs is an adviser to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.