|Stockholm, the sign says "Warning: climate chaos" (Wikipedia)|
The last ice age happened in 6 months. 6 months for the planet to unleash an army of apartment-building-size ice blocks across Europe and the United States.
It was a climate tipping point where the balance is knocked completely out of control and threatened the survival of everything - and three more tipping points exactly like it are on the verge of happening.
It's our "holy shit" climate moment according to a leading NASA scientist, and only a holy shit massive coordinated day of action response, right now, can change the future we're facing.
One agreement with common-sense steps to end dirty energy can save us.
That's why the UN has called an urgent climate meeting in just over 100 days with all major world leaders - if we greet them on September 21st with the largest ever global climate mobilisation in history we can break through the walls of mega coal, oil, and business that prevent even the best politicians from doing what is right.
There's no way to get around how big a task this is. But together, each small action will add up into a millions-strong movement that literally drowns out the opposition and gives our leaders the best reason to break free and build a hopeful, clean and green future. Click below to join in:
"Tipping points" are feedback loops, where climate change feeds back on itself and causes rapidly accelerating, catastrophic consequences.
Right now, methane gas that is 25 times worse for global warming than CO2 is frozen in our ice. But as the ice melts, the gas leaks, causing more melting and each melt loses us another layer of reflective ice shield that we rely on to keep the planet cool, more methane and less ice means more warming still, and everything starts to spin out of control.
And that's just one example … it's why scientists are yelling from the rooftops that we have to act now.
We actually have the tools and the plan we need to make sure we don't cross into a world where tipping points destroy us. And while it will take global cooperation on a bigger scale than ever before, our 36 million-strong movement already has the people power necessary to move leaders from every country to take the first steps.
Just days ago, the United States and China announced serious new plans to curb their pollution - momentum is building ahead of next year's critical Paris climate summit where a deal could be inked, and in just over 100 days we can take it up a notch further.
Taking to the streets in a record setting show of power and coordination is one of the most effective ways to create change - from the anti-Apartheid movement in South Africa to civil rights in the US, it's sometimes been the only way.
This is our chance to bring that power to the most important issue of our time: survival and a thriving future for our families, and their families and the generations of people to come. Click below to be a part of it all:
We know we can do this … and do it big. When our community was just 3 million people we held 3,000 actions on the same day to protect our planet. We're now 36 million strong, ten times the size! Imagine what we can achieve together now ...
With so much hope for our future,
Emma, Iain, Lisa, Ricken, Alice, Emily, Sayeeda, Uilleam and the rest of the Avaaz team.
Global warming: it's a point of no return in West Antarctica. What happens next? (The Guardian):
A Call to Arms: An Invitation to Demand Action on Climate Change (Rolling Stone):
Mini ice age took hold of Europe in months (New Scientist):
Report: Prepare for climate tipping points (Politico):
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