On Monday, the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) published the first part of its new climate report.
– Seeing such a scary report. It also comes on the heels of all the natural disasters we’ve seen this summer. The Greek fire and floods in Germany and the Netherlands. Julian Karenga, 26, says I worry about the idea that this will suddenly happen here before we even know it.
After reading the report, he decided to join the Green Party. And Karenga is clearly not alone in feeling serious.
– A new member is now scoring every minute, says chief press officer Nils Mork at the Millennium Development Goals Monday night.
– We’re a little special
Karenga lives in Skien and works as an actress. He has voted for the Millennium Development Goals in two previous parliamentary elections, and in hopes of giving the party greater influence, he also signed on Monday.
Just sign up here. You don’t agree with everything, but until other parties start treating the climate crisis as something other than a mere nuisance, I see no alternative but to give maximum impact to the Millennium Development Goals.
Five weeks until the election, peepers.https://t.co/8dy8kWYiqg
– Christopher Bahl (@tophepahle) August 9, 2021
I don’t feel that there are other parties that take the climate crisis seriously, and for me there is nothing more important than climate action now. Karenga says, when I saw that more people had signed up, I thought I should do the same.
While he feels other parties are interested in talking about lowering fees or giving tax breaks, he feels that the Millennium Development Goals always prioritize climate as their primary issue.
– He was very provoked when Lan-Marie Berg said she liked the cartoons, but I like that they are direct. Greta Thunberg also does not speak of a compromise. We are underprivileged and blind to the climate crisis. People should realize the seriousness has always been compelling, says the 26-year-old.
More than 150 new members
The Millennium Development Goals state that they typically get four to twelve new members per day. At 9pm on Monday, the party can report that it has received 168 new registrations in the last 24 hours and is constantly growing.
The report is clearly a wake-up call that creates a lot of emotion. The climate crisis is no longer far and far in the future. We are talking about the future of youth today, the future of our children. This makes many sad, but it’s also full of the will to fight, says press officer Nils Mork at the party.
Today’s report is devastating…so sad…then this year’s elections suddenly became much easier and more important! Membership in partiet Now in the box!
– Christian Hill (@helle_christian) August 9, 2021
He stresses that this year’s elections should be climate elections.
– The next government in Norway is the last that has a real chance to change course. Clearly, only a strong MDG wants to put the environment first, says Mork.
In total, the party now has more than 9,700 members. They reached the top of the membership just before Christmas. At that time, the party had 10,305 members.
– It was a day full of emotions, says party leader Une Bastholm.
Strong to continue as before
The report presented this morning is frightening and there is clearly more than me sad and full of will to fight on behalf of our children. Une Bastholm tells TV 2 that it’s good to see that many want to fight a battle for a livable climate and rich nature with us.
She describes the climate crisis as the greatest injustice of our time.
– The Secretary-General of the United Nations says we must stop searching for oil and gas today. However, no party other than the Millennium Development Goals will adhere to them. Bastolm says that radicalization is not the oil policy of the MDGs, but continuation as before.
For Julian Karenga, voting on the Millennium Development Goals is part of a bigger dream.
– I am an ideal person and I dream that we can create a better society for future generations. I feel the party is working hard for it. The 26-year-old says they see the reality of the situation all over the world.
The Millennium Development Goals state that they raised a total of more than three million through public funding in this year’s election campaign. According to Mork, two of them are regular donors.
The competing parties take in millions of large organizations and corporations, so we are totally dependent on these backers. We have a goal of being popularly rooted and standing on our own two feet by being the best at public finance, which makes us unique among the parties in the Norwegian parliament, he says.
Key findings of the IPCC report
Here are some of the main conclusions of the new report:
- Earth’s surface temperatures will continue to rise until at least the middle of the century. Without significant reductions in greenhouse gas emissions in the coming decades, both the 1.5-degree target and the 2.0-degree target will be broken.
- The temperature is already 1.07 degrees warmer than pre-industrial times and is set to hit 1.5 degrees in just 20 years.
- If emissions continue to increase in the coming decades, we could risk a temperature rise of up to 5.7 degrees by the end of the century.
- Some climate changes are already irreversible and will continue for thousands of years to come.
Emissions should be reduced
The report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change addressed Five different future scenariosTwo: where emissions continue to increase for a long time to come, two intermediate scenarios and two where emissions are rapidly reduced.
In the most ambitious scenario, the IPCC assumes that CO2 emissions will reach net zero around 2050, then turn negative in the latter half of the century.
Even in such a case, the Climate Committee’s best estimate is that warming will rise to 1.6 degrees around the middle of the century. But then, negative emissions will contribute to the temperature dropping back to 1.4 degrees near the year 2100.
However, in the scenario with the largest emissions, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change projects a temperature rise of between 3.3 and 5.7 degrees by the end of the century – with 4.4 degrees as the best estimate.
In any case, the conclusion is that there is a lot to be gained from reducing emissions. Cutting emissions will slow global warming – and its consequences.
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