Energy and Climate
Scientists agree that limiting global warming to 2°C over pre-industrial levels won't keep us from averting climate disaster. A sustainable solution that avoids severe damage to the planet requires more aggressive action. An alternative 1.5°C target might ensure that:
- Species would be able to keep up with a changing climate;.
- Nearly 50% of the coral reefs would remain on the planet.
- Sea level rise would remain below 3.3 feet.
- Ocean acidification impacts would stay at moderate levels.
Is a 1.5°C alternative technologically feasible? Yes. But strategies need to involve immediate action and an additional scaling-up of clean energy technologies and carbon-absorbing land-based strategies. What is EJC doing in these areas? Click below to find out.
Transitioning from fossil fuels to renewable energy not only will help lower carbon emissions, thereby improving our chance to stabilize our climate, but also create jobs. Learn what EJC is doing to grow new energy jobs in areas hit hard by job loses due to reduced coal production and coal mining and plant closures
Often, the impacts of our changing climate seem far away, and not relevant to our daily lives. But it is relevant and already affecting us. Learn about local impacts in Illinois, and how Eco-Justice Collaborative is working with the Downstate Caucus of the State Climate Table to bring about real solutions.