Scientists are observing changes in the Earth’s climate in every region and across the whole climate system, according to the latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Report released on 9 August 2021.
Many of the changes observed in the climate are unprecedented in thousands, if not hundreds of thousands of years, and some of the changes already set in motion - such as continued sea level rise - are irreversible over hundreds to thousands of years. However, strong and sustained reductions in emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases would limit climate change.
[Read the full IPCC news release]
This Plymouth Green and Science Book Club meeting is an opportunity to share your thoughts on the latest and most urgent report of the IPCC.
- What policies are needed?
- Where should the focus of research be into adaptation and mitigation?
- What changes to lifestyle are needed?
- What measures are being developed by the COP26 preparations? Will they be sufficient? What are the prospects for the conference in Glasgow?
The meeting will also:
- review the newspaper responses to the IPCC report
- consider our own potential to express and raise awareness, taking as our inspiration Letters to the Earth and Letters to the Earth: Writing to a Planet in Crisis which concludes with the invitation to write our own letter to the Earth that we can then share with others in a variety of ways, not least social media. For “letter”, one can add poem, sketch, play, short story, pantomime, etc.