NEW YORK CLIMATE CLOCK SHOWS TIME LEFT BEFORE ECOLOGICAL COLLAPSE
A few days ago we added a climate clock on our home page.
What is a climate clock and how does it work?
The climate clock shows two numbers. The first in red is a timer counting down how long it will take, at a current rates of emissions, to burn through our “carbon budget” – the amount of Co2 that can still be released into the atmosphere while limiting global warming to 1.5 C°. This is our deadline.
The second number, in green, is tracking the growing % of the world’s energy currently in green, the increasing % of the world’s energy currently supplied from renewable sources. This is our lifeline.
We need to get our lifeline to 100% before our deadline reaches 0.
This clock follows the methodology of the carbon clock made by the Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change (MCC) which uses data from the recent IPCC Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5°C.
Worrying? A lot.
We can do something? Sure, we can!
Our lifestyle and our purchasing behaviors can have a crucial impact on:
• reduce the use of non-renewable energy;
• increase efforts in terms of recycling;
• reduce the number of trips for work and leisure;
• buy products that are sustainable in terms of production materials used, regenerable at the end of their lifecycle and possibly locally produced.
Awareness and responsible consumption are two extremely powerful weapons. USE THEM!