But here’s the hard part: More than half the work to stop climate change must be done in roughly 10 years. And we are falling behind.
What’s that Rod Stewart song? “The First Cut Is the Deepest”
To start, we must stabilize emissions as quickly as possible. Unfortunately, this hasn’t happened yet. But there are signs that emissions could peak soon, thanks to ongoing emissions cuts in many countries (including the US, much of Europe, and elsewhere) and the anticipated flattening of emissions in China within the next five years.
But that’s only the beginning. We also need to cut emissions everywhere we can, as quickly as possible, with the goal of slashing global emissions nearly in half by the early 2030s.
Unfortunately, in 2022, we are starting to miss the window of opportunity to meet this goal.
To get back on track, we need “Emergency Brake” measures to reduce emissions as quickly as possible.
They must be ready to go now, without delay. They can’t wait for new infrastructure to be built. They can’t wait for new technology to be developed. And they can’t wait for nature to accumulate carbon in trees and soils.