A sustainable approach:
Networking with others
Creating a sustainable, resilient and healthy Arran needs to be approached through networking with others to ensure a joined-up approach to tackle climate change that enables the positives and reduces the negatives allowing virtuous cycles to constantly improve outcomes.
Valuing our Environment
By valuing our physical and social environment, we can restore our natural environment and strengthen our social and economic assets, whilst enhancing our independence and wellbeing at both a personal and community level.
Reducing harmful impacts
By reducing the harmful impacts of how we currently live we can stop wasting finite resources and reduce risks from a changing climate. Many interventions that reduce harmful impacts on our environment also promote positive co-benefits, reduce preventable mental and physical ill-health and reduce social inequalities.
Why do we need to limit global warming to 1.5°?
- In 2018, the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) summarised the evidence that the impacts of climate change above 1.5°C could be “very serious”.
- 190 nations agreed to keep the global temperature increase by 2100 to less than 2°C and as close as possible to 1.5° when they signed the “Paris Agreement” of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change 2015/16.
- About 80% of known fossil fuel reserves need to stay in the ground to limit the concentration of CO2 in the atmosphere to 450 parts per million. This level would give a 50% chance of limiting global warming to a maximum 2°C global average temperature rise.
- The United Nations assessed that carbon emissions need to drop by 45% by 2030 for global warming to be kept to a maximum of 1.5C and to zero by 2050.
Sustainable development supports, and often enables, fundamental societal and systems transitions and transformations that help limit global warming to 1.5°C. Such changes facilitate the pursuit of climate-resilient development pathways that achieve ambitious mitigation and adaptation in conjunction with poverty eradication and efforts to reduce inequalities (high confidence). (IPPC, 2018)
What does all this mean?
This You Tube presentation by Professor Kevin Anderson from Scotland’s Climate Assembly puts the case very clearly for assessing the challenges that we face through the direct relationship between rising emissions and climate change and what needs to be done to mitigate the risks.
Arran Ecosavvy Strategy
More details of what we do and our plans can be found in our Strategy document.