F20: Achieving the Paris Climate Goals in the COVID-19 era

As the world recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic, we must think carefully about the future that we want to build. We face a worsening climate crisis, with record temperatures causing rampant fires, rapidly melting polar ice, and extreme flooding.

The world has already reached a global average temperature rise of 1.1 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels. A world of 1.5 degrees Celsius is almost unimaginable and must be avoided at all costs. 

Fortunately, a breakthrough climate model shows that we have a window to stay below the dangerous threshold of 1.5 degrees Celsius, achieving net-zero emissions before 2040. The two-year collaboration with 17 leading scientists, entitled Achieving the Paris Climate Agreement Goals (APCAG), shows that we can prevent the worst impacts of climate change with currently available solutions, unlocking trillions in economic benefits.

Foundations 20 (F20), in partnership with One Earth and the University of Technology Sydney, developed an Executive Briefing to condense the nearly 500 pages of scientific text into a high-level overview, entitled “Achieving the Paris Agreement Goals in the COVID-19 era.” Designed for professionals in the NGO and philanthropic sector, as well as business and governmental decision makers, the briefing provides a quick summary of the roadmap to achieve the ambitious 1.5°C goal.

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