If you are feeling sad, anxious, stressed, angry or even despondent after reading the latest findings from the IPCC on the state of the world’s climate - please remember:
1.) We already know what is causing the climate crisis (burning of coal, oil and gas most of all) and we know what we need to do to tackle the crisis. The IPCC report didn’t give us any new information (although it made for stark reading). We know we need to stop burning fossil fuels, switch to renewable energy, decarbonise our global economy and get to net zero emissions by 2035.
2.) And, not only do we already know how to do this; we can probably do it much faster than anyone thinks possible, if we really try.
3.) All hope is NOT gone. Great change and success is never linear - and history has shown us that humans are capable of extraordinary things.
4.) None of us can single-handedly bear the fate of the world on our own shoulders, and there is no comfort or virtue in being overwhelmed. None of us can solve this crisis by ourselves either: collective action is our most powerful tool forward.