Ahead of the Paris climate talks in December, Earth League with the support of Global Challenges Foundation developed the climate petition Earth Statement. Launched today, the petition presents eight essential measures in order to reduce the risk of hazardous climate change.
– The scientific evidence shows that we can create a positive future for the planet but only with bold action now, says Johan Rockström, chairman of Earth League and board member of the Global Challenges Foundation.
17 world-leading researchers wrote the petition from the Potsdam Institute for Climate Research, Columbia University and Tsinghua University. One of the measures involves a promise to avoid a global warming greater than two degrees, with the goal of becoming a zero-carbon society by 2050 – something that will require dramatically phasing out fossil fuels.
The Earth Statement has been recognized by, among others, BBC and The Guardian. A number of leading figures from both the business and civil society have endorsed the petition, including Oxfam International’s CEO Winnie Byanyima, WBCSD President Peter Bakker, Nobel Prize winner Yuan T. Lee, Archbishop Desmond Tutu and the C40’s chairman Eduardo Pae. Even Virgin Group Founder Sir Richard Branson has expressed his support.