So, a climate emergency has been declared...now what?
After the release of the IPCC report in October 2018 detailing the worryingly short amount of time we have left to tackle widespread climate breakdown, there has been a shift in consciousness around climate change.
The Carbon Literacy Project explains the much-needed actions that organisation, citizens and authorities should take:
Set a Target
This is the first step so that everyone knows and can see what they’re working towards. Any target is better than none at all as it provides something to aim for, however, it is far better to aim too high, give it your all and perhaps miss slightly, than to aim low and not achieve the necessary reductions we need to avoid runaway climate change.
Make a Plan
Key to any target is deciding on a path of action to achieve the goal in front of you, without which the chance of success is much less likely. Some things will be easily done, whereas others will require bigger structural changes. However, two things are certain, 1. we must start making these changes now, and 2. it will involve the cooperation of everyone.
Immediate changes and action are necessary now as the declaration suggests… it is an EMERGENCY! So, whilst a plan needs to be formulated, action needs to start as soon as the emergency has been declared. Some easy ideas on how to get the ball rolling individually can be found here.
Measuring and Reporting
To ensure the success of any enacted plan, measuring and reporting throughout are necessary to keep track of progress (or not in some cases). This also enables you to assess where you’re up to, what’s going well, and what needs to be done differently to reach specific targets if you are off track.