Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change issues a ‘code red’ for humanity

In August 2021 the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) issued a ‘code red’ for humanity. We have been presented with a reality check for what has happened in the past, where we are currently headed and what can be done to prepare for the future.

The IPCC’s 200+ authors aggregated the latest climate findings into the clearest and most comprehensive summary yet of the physical science of climate change.

Widespread, rapid and intensifying.

The findings unequivocally show human influence has warmed the planet at a rate that is unprecedented in at least the last 2000 years. The changes we have already experienced will only increase with further warming. Our future will see an environment with more widespread, rapid and intense heat, heavy rainfall, drought and fire. Our oceans will continue to warm and acidify. Every region on Earth will be affected.

While some of the changes will be irreversible for millennia, some can be slowed and some even reversed through strong, rapid and sustained reductions in greenhouse gas emissions. 

Immediate, rapid and large-scale reductions. 

Businesses for Climate Action’s ambition is to create a resilient sustainable economy, adaptable to both the opportunities and disruptions of climate change.

The best part is we can all be part of the solution; individuals, businesses, communities and governments. We already have the knowledge and tools to take immediate, rapid and large-scale action to reduce emissions. By supporting the transition to clean energy, transportation, and food, we can choose to mitigate greenhouse gas emission to net zero and shape a better future together.

Businesses for Climate Action has been specifically brought together to support businesses throughout Te Tauihu – like yours – to reduce carbon emissions. The journey often starts with measuring, reducing and off-setting emissions. Beyond contributing toward zero carbon, this process usually has other positive economic benefits for the business, including cost reduction, efficiency improvements, staff engagement and customer recognition. 

Businesses for Climate Action also has activator groups to enable business sectors (such as tourism, food and beverage or construction), professions (accountants or lawyers) or relevant areas of interest (such as fleet management or energy efficiency) to collaborate through talks and workshops both online and in person.

Be part of the solution

Measuring your businesses’ carbon footprint is essential to manage and reduce the climate impact your organisation is having. As this process does not have to be onerous, there is no need to hesitate. Take your first step to measuring your carbon today.

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