Over the course of the next year we will be delivering our ‘Tipping Points’ campaign alongside our ‘Carbon Capital/Fossil Free’ campaign.
‘Tipping Points’ will be focused on increasing understanding of the latest climate science, based on a number of reports including the ‘Impacts’ section of the IPCC Fifth Assessment Report.
Climate scientists have warned for decades of a ‘tipping point’ – a point where global warming reaches a point of no return: a point where climate change becomes sudden, extreme and unpredictable where it had seemed to be steady, gradual and predictable. This is largely due to feedback mechanisms by which the earth itself accelerates warming (e.g. the release of methane from thawing permafrost).
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change will be releasing its 5th Assessment Report during 2013-2014 with its first stage on ‘Impacts’ due to be released during September.
The key messages of the campaign (subject in part to the release of the ‘Impacts’ section) are likely to be based on the increased scale of climate impacts, particularly on arctic sea ice, the implications of ever-rising CO2 levels and the need for urgent action nationally and internationally to avoid tipping points that will lead to catastrophic climate change.
After the ‘Impacts’ section of the IPCC Fifth Assessment Report has been released we will produce a ‘Tipping Points Declaration’. We will be encouraging members of our local community including political representatives to sign up to this Declaration.