Our generation has an obligation to leave our children a climate as healthy as the one our grandparents gave us… And we can do it.
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The Healthy Climate Alliance (HCA) was established because current conversations around climate change provide goals that fall far short of leaving a healthy planet for our children. Most focus almost entirely on emissions reduction (e.g., the Paris Agreement), even though that alone will not be enough to avoid catastrophic warming. Increasingly, climate leaders agree that we must focus efforts on removing CO2 from the atmosphere.
With the shift in focus from emissions reduction to CO2 removal, we free ourselves up to shift our goal from those previously identified by climate experts (350 parts per million CO2) and the Paris Agreement (450 ppm) to one that has historically provided humanity with a stable and thriving planet—300 ppm.
The new goal is to give a thriving planet to our children, with 300 ppm CO2 in the atmosphere by 2050.
It’s time to set goals that would allow us to leave a thriving planet to our children—one in which severe weather events once again become the exception rather than the rule, and in which thoughts about our planet are accompanied by a sense of comfort rather than dread.
HCA is generating consensus around this new climate goal by engaging leadership of various fields in the research, conversations, grassroots activities, and other efforts needed. In order to guarantee the survival of future generations, we must set a goal of a stable, pre-industrial CO2 concentration and achieve it before passing the planet’s leadership to the next generation. It’s immoral to condemn our children to live in a climate that is hotter than humans have ever survived before.
The Healthy Climate Alliance’s goals include:
- Initiating committed action on the part of political, scientific, financial and religious leaders.
- Initiating scientific research and reports on the best pathways to stop sea-level rise, stop permafrost melting, and restore normal weather patterns.
- Informing and educating the public that this goal is possible and demanding that resources be allocated to fulfilling it.
- Inspiring others to commit to this initiative by signing the Declaration and becoming advocates.