The worst effects of global warming can be avoided if one billion people reduce their carbon emissions by just one tonne a year, for the next 10 years, according to Global Cool, which launches today at the British Museum.
This solution presented by Global Cool is based on scientific research that the climatic tipping point – beyond which the climate becomes irreversibly unstable – can be put back if we reduce the global CO2 emissions by one billion tonnes a year – from the 26.5 billion tonnes (rising at 0.5 tonnes per year) currently emitted on an annual basis. By pushing back this tipping point, the campaign will buy time to develop cleaner, renewable energy sources, such as solar, wind, water, hydrogen, bio-mass and geo-thermal power.
With the support of famous names from the world of entertainment, such as KT Tunstall and Josh Hartnett, who attended the conference today, Global Cool will empower a community of individuals to deliver the solution to the problem of global warming through positive collective action. Platinum-selling recording artists are booked to take part in a season of cool web casts on global-cool.com. An exclusive Scissor Sisters concert can be viewed online now, and the series will continue with Maroon 5, Kasabian, Kaiser Chiefs and The Fratellis later in the year. Global Cool will also be present at and supported by the V Festival in England, Oxygen in Ireland and T in the Park in Scotland, as well as a further year of support from Fuji Rocks in Japan and other International festivals to be announced.
Meanwhile, the website carries advice on how to be cool by reducing energy consumption through doing simple things such as sharing a shower or walking to work. People will also be encouraged to offset any surplus energy they use by purchasing a Tonne of Cool via the Global Cool web site.
More info: global-cool.com