We have left it too late to tackle climate change incrementally.
It now requires transformational change, and a dramatic acceleration of progress.
This meeting was a ‘call to action’ to form an alliance to improve warnings of the proximity of catastrophic climate tipping points and to accelerate positive tipping points to avert the climate crisis.
A growing alliance of partners are working to develop the urgent and rapid solutions required to address the climate and ecological emergency through a socially just transformation.
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The programme covered the latest developments in both negative and positive tipping points, at scales from local to global, and from theory to practice. It considered the risks from climate tipping points and opportunities for positive tipping points for different regions, communities, sectors, and supply chains.
Participants discussed the implications of latest science on global tipping points and the opportunities for positive tipping points in finance, landscape restoration, food systems, communications, behaviour change and the role of social movements.
Key themes were:
Ahead of the conference a paper was published in Science which provides an update of the list of climate tipping points and the levels of global warming at which they could be triggered. The lead author is David Armstrong McKay, from Stockholm Resilience Centre, University of Exeter and the Earth Commission. https://www.science.org/doi/10.1126/science.abn7950
The meeting was organised by the Global Systems Institute, Earth Commission, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis and Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research. It was hosted by the University of Exeter.