October 9, 2021
We looked at data published by several climate policy research groups including Climate Action Tracker (CAT), the Center for Renewable Energy and Sustainable Technology (CREST), Climate Watch, and the Philippine government’s own Climate Change Commission. However, these aren’t the easiest numbers to digest, so we used visualizations to help make them more digestible and put them into a more meaningful context.
Spoiler alert: While the Philippines does have very ambitious emission reduction targets that are aligned with keeping global temperature rise below 1.5 degrees, we are way off track from achieving these.
Getting closer to the 1.5 pathway will require disruptive, society-wide, warp-speed, expertly coordinated action throughout every level and branch of government, industry, and society.
The numbers are daunting and we don’t know if achieving our targets is even possible. But we do know that every ton of emissions we can prevent or reduce will keep global temperature rise as low as possible, and that decoupling our economic growth from fossil fuels makes sense and could even be kind of awesome. We also know that the first step to action is getting clear-eyed about where we stand and where we need to be. If you’re new to the climate space, here are some ways to get started:
Get educated about climate. Learning may not seem like an “action,” but you can’t solve a problem you don’t understand. Some resources that are good starting points for learning about climate:
Find or follow a climate action tribe. Making personal lifestyle changes is a starting point, but climate change demands systemic, wide-scale action. We recommend supporting or joining some climate advocacy communities. Even just following and amplifying their messages on social media is a great first step:
This piece was originally published by Thinking Machines on their website.