The Earth Statement
The result of the Global Challenges Foundation and Earth League joining forces
In 2015 the Global Challenges Foundation joined forces with Earth League, a network of the world’s 17 leading climate scientists, to develop the climate petition Earth Statement. The petition summarized the synthesis of the global research on climate change. Boiling it down to eight elements regarding what the world’s leaders needed to commit to at the Paris climate conference (COP21). A comprehensive list of the some one hundred influential individuals, who all endorsed the petition, can be found below.
To further bring the statement to the people – who are, and, to a continuously increasing degree will, continue to be the victims of climate change – a social media campaign was launched. In it individuals were encouraged to sign the statement on their hand or the like. A plethora of the pictures from the campaign wrapped the New York Times during COP21. As of right now, the Earth League scientists are analyzing the content of the COP21 agreement, looking at it through the lens of Earth Statement’s eight elements. We will publish the analysis on this site when it is finalized.


8 essential elements

These are the essential elements of climate action the leaders needed to commit to at COP21 in Paris

2 degrees
Governments must put into practice their commitment to limit global warming to below 2°C, the maximum warming limit before we risk dangerous climate change.
1 trillion tonnes
The remaining global carbon budget – the limit for what the carbon dioxide we can still emit in the future - must be well below 1 trillion tons (1000 Gt CO2) to have a reasonable chance to hold the 2°C line.
Zero emissions by 2050
Deep decarbonization starting immediately and leading to a zero-carbon society by 2050 or shortly thereafter is key to future prosperity.
193 countries
All 193 countries need to develop deep decarbonization plans. Rich countries and progressive industries can and should take the lead and decarbonize well before mid-century.
100% clean energy
We must unleash a wave of climate innovation for the global good, and enable universal access to the technology solutions we already have.
Support for adaptation, loss and damage measures
Climate change is already happening. We need a massive increase in support for adaptation and loss and damage measures in developing countries.
Safeguard ecosystems
Safeguarding carbon sinks and vital ecosystems, is as important for climate protection as the reduction of emissions.
$100+ billion of climate finance
Governments need to provide additional support to developing countries to deal with climate change at a level at least comparable to current global development aid (around 135 billion USD p.a.).
The Earth Statement is based on the research of Earth League members and their respective institutions.


Who has joined our call?

Al Gore
Former Vice President of the United States, Chairman of the Climate Reality Project
United States
Antje Jackelén
Archbishop of Church of Sweden
Sweden
Arianna Huffington
Co-Founder and Editor-in-Chief of the Huffington Post
United States
Azadeh Zarekar
Executive Board, World Student Environmental Network
Iran
Rabbi Awraham Soetendorp
Jacob Soetendorp Institute for Human Values, The Hague
Netherlands
Dr. Benjamin Barber
Author and President of the Global Parliament of Mayors Project
United States
Desmond Tutu
Archbishop Emeritus, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate
South Africa
Eduardo Paes
Mayor of Rio de Janeiro, Chair of C40
Brazil
Ernesto Zedillo
Former President of Mexico, Director of the Yale Center for the Study of Globalization
Mexico
Fazlun Khalid
Founder/Director, Islamic Foundation for Ecology and Environmental Sciences
United Kingdom
François-Henri Pinault
CEO & Chairman of Kering
France
HRH Prince Ghazi bin Muhammad
Chief Advisor to King Abdullah II for Religious and Cultural Affairs and Personal Envoy of King Abdullah II
Jordan
Gro Harlem Brundtland
Former Prime Minister, Norway & Deputy Chair, The Elders
Norway
Hans Vestberg
CEO, Ericsson
Sweden
Hina Jilani
Lawyer & Human Rights Champion
Pakistan
Jairam Ramesh
Member of Parliament & Former Cabinet Minister for Rural Development Chair, Future Earth Engagement Committee
India
Jochen Zeitz
Co-Founder and Co-Chair of The B Team
Germany
Karl-Johan Persson
CEO, H&M
Sweden
Leah Barber
350NYC, The Interdependence Movement
United States
Mary Robinson
Former President of Ireland
Ireland
Mats Andersson
CEO, AP4
Sweden
Merylene Chitharai
Hindu Youth Network of South Africa & Religions for Peace Global Interfaith Youth Network
South Africa
Dr. Mo Ibrahim
Founder and Chairman of the Mo Ibrahim Foundation
Monaco
Paul Polman
CEO, Unilever
Netherlands
Peter Agnefjäll
CEO and President, IKEA Group
Netherlands
Peter Bakker
President of WBCSD
Switzerland
Sir Richard Branson
United Kingdom
Russell Brand
Comedian, author and actor
United Kingdom
Saber Hossain Chowdhury
President of IPU
Bangladesh
Sergio Tejada
Congressman
Peru
Sharan Burrow
General Secretary of the International Trade Union Confederation
Australia
Sulak Sivaraksa
Buddhist Spiritual Leader, Social Activist, and Writer
Thailand
Susan Yap
Congresswoman
Philippines
Winnie Byanyima
Executive Director of Oxfam International
Uganda
Yuan T. Lee
Nobel Laureate in Chemistry
Taiwan
Zhang Yue
President and Chairman of BROAD Group
China
Note that each individual supports the Earth Statement in their personal capacity, not as a representative of any of their organizations.

Who is behind The Earth Statement?

Climate change will leave no part of our society and natural environment untouched. The Earth Statement is written by the 17 leading scientists and economists of the Earth League. They have joined forces with the Global Challenges Foundation and leaders from all aspects of our society to deliver this message to the decision makers of our time.
Johan Rockström
Stockholm Resilience Center
Sweden
Guy P. Brasseur
Max Planck Institute
Germany
Ottmar Edenhofer
Mercator Research Institute
Germany
Sir Brian Hoskins
Grantham Institute
UK
Pavel Kabat
IIASA
Austria
Mario J. Molina
Centro Mario Molina
Mexico
Jennifer Morgan
World Resources Institute
USA
Nebojsa Nakicenovic
IIASA
Austria
Carlos Nobre
INPE
Brazil
Veerabhadran Ramanathan
Scripps Institution
USA
Jeffrey Sachs
Earth Institute
United States
Hans Joachim Schellnhuber
Potsdam Institute
Germany
Peter Schlosser
Earth Institute
USA
Youba Sokona
The South Center
Switzerland
Leena Srivastava
TERI University
India
Lord Nicholas Stern
Grantham Institute
UK
Guanhua Xu
Chinese Academy of Sciences
China

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