The Climate Clock shows two numbers. The first, in red, is a timer, counting down how long it will take, at 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 above pre-industrial levels. This is our deadline. The second number is our lifeline. We have to get the second number to 100% before the first one gets to zero.
"I sat … wondering where the path to safety lies in out time. Wondering about the fate of those who, uneasy, are increasingly raising their voices. Wondering, considering the many apparent threats we can see on the horizon, whether what is to emerge for us is an unimaginable darkness of social disorder and ecological disaster or the fully imagined landscape of a second, a very different, Enlightenment." [reference]
What's the fuss all about?
Since the beginning of the industrial revolution (around 1750) emissions of Carbon Dioxide produced from human activity have increased so much that the atmosphere can no longer regulate the climate on Earth. Carbon Dioxide (mostly although there are some other gasses) is mainly produced by burning fossil fuels - Coal, Oil, and Gas. We are now producing so much CO2 that unless we take drastic action to reduce these emissions the earth will heat up by an average of over 3 degrees. If that happens the consequences will be catastrophic for life on Earth. The temperature on earth has always fluctuated a bit, but nothing on this scale - current levels of CO2 in the atmosphere have never been reached in human history.
It's not just a question of warmer weather and the sea level rising a bit - but of severe and dangerous weather changes (hurricanes, droughts, floods, wild fires), and some countries being completely destroyed by the sea level rises. That is likely to lead to international conflict as large populations move to find land, food and fresh water. Ecosystems will collapse leading to species extinctions and food shortages. Pollution will increase, air quality will collapse with devastating consequences.
Governments from around the world agreed at the Paris UN Climate Conference in 2016 to keep warming to 1.5 degrees. There is not much sign of this happening. There is now a very small opportunity for us to limit the the temperature rises to under 2 degrees, to stop things getting out of control and to avoid ecological destruction.
IT'S an emergency: tell the truth
it's up to us.
Hi, and welcome to the website of Extinction Rebellion Hammersmith & Fulham; thanks for being here. If you are concerned about the Climate and Ecological Emergency then you’re in the right place.
You’ll find a lot of information here, facts about the Climate and Ecological Emergency, why it’s such a big problem and what you can do about it. You can become a part of XR in many different ways – joining one of the Working Groups is probably the best place to start.
There are WhatsApp groups for new people where you can learn about XR and what we do and also meet other people. The easiest way to do this is to join the Announcements WhatsApp group (do by following this link) which is where messages about various things are posted. Once you are registered on that someone will contact you to explain more about how it all works. You’ll also find plenty of ways you can get support – for example in the Climate Cafe we regularly run.
what we're doing at the moment (some of it anyway)
want to join in, to help organise or to post on Social media?
These 3 graphs from The Guardian newspaper show exactly what we're up against. CO2 levels rising exponentially,
leading to temperature rises and then to sea level rises.