"We are all used to talking about these impacts coming in the lifetime of our children or grandchildren. Now we know that it's us" Source: UN IPCC
Unless decisive action is taken in the next few years, climate change will become irreversible and catastrophic. Source: CCC
"Climate change is now reaching the end-game...the issue is the very survival of our civilisation." Source: Professor Schellnhuber
Mass extinction is happening now. Most of the wild nature that was on Earth 50 years ago is already dead and gone.
Human extinction is a real and escalating risk.
"If we do not change course by 2020, we risk missing the point where we can avoid runaway climate change, with disastrous consequences for people and all the natural systems that sustain us."
The UK is 30 to 40 years away from “the fundamental eradication of soil fertility” in parts of the country, the environment secretary warned in 2017. Source: Michael Gove
We are heading towards disastrous temperature rises in our children's lifetimes, impacting global food security and causing mass migration.
The UN warned in 1990 that if we do not keep global temperature increases below 1C, there would be societal collapse across the world. We are now closer to 1.2C.
"Climate-induced societal collapse is now inevitable in the near term." Source: Professor Jem Bendell
It is human activity causing the Earth to get hotter. Source: Nasa
We can change our activity for the sake of our futures.
Change to avert the worst of the disaster is still technically and economically possible.
But we have to act NOW.
That's how we felt too when we read about all of this. Doing something about it and joining this fight to try and reduce the consequences of the climate emergency might help how you feel.
Our lives have meaning when we follow our conscience and are willing to make sacrifices to protect what we love. We ask others who feel the same way to join our peaceful rebellion.
Although the changes we need to urgently make to how we live may be difficult, they will make our lives better. Read more in the New Future section here.