The Pope’s release tomorrow of his encyclical calling for changes in lifestyles and energy consumption to avert the “unprecedented destruction of the ecosystem” before the end of this century is another new tipping point in climate action. Monbiot, in an article today, says Pope Francis reminds us that our relationship to the natural world is about love, not just goods and services.
Other good news is this article describing how the UK leads European solar energy expansion to help renewables overtake output of nuclear power as industry leaders hail ‘tipping point’ for the technology. Read about this remarkable film-maker who is arguing his generation must save the planet. China’s greenhouse gas emissions will probably peak in 2025, five years earlier than its stated targets, in a recent report from the London School of Economics. And the IKEA Foundation just committed a total of EUR 1 billion to climate action.
So, it just may be possible that we may achieve limiting the increase in average global temperature increase of 2 degrees C or even lower with the leadership described above.