What role do forests, land and food systems play in limiting warming to 1.5 degrees? And what can the EU do about it?
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Special Report on keeping global warming below 1.5 degrees showed how many hundreds of millions of lives, species and ecosystems could be saved if this more ambitious target were met. It revealed that to meet this ambition would require us to remove carbon dioxide already in the atmosphere, referring to land based removals. It also revealed that the sustainable level of carbon removals was very limited, emphasizing the need to reduce pollution rapidly.
Now the EU is developing its own vision on climate action with its 2050 climate strategy. The impact on Earth’s land and forests - including all of us, who depend on them - will vary dramatically depending on the pathway chosen.
On 6 November, ACT Alliance EU and Fern hosted a launch event of the report: Missing Pathways to 1.5°C: The role of the land sector in ambitious climate action discussing the opportunities offered and risks faced by forestry and agriculture lands under different climate scenarios.
Have a look at the panel's presentations:
- Paul Brannen, Member of the European Parliament (S&D)
- Kelsey Perlman, Climate Campaigner, Fern
- Dr Tom Wakeford, Action Group on Erosion, Technology and
Concentration (ETC group)
- Patrick Worms, Senior Science Policy Advisor, World Agroforestry Centre
- Karin Ulmer, Senior Policy Officer, ACT Alliance EU
- Jean-Pascal van Ypersele, Former IPCC Vice-Chair, climate physicist at UCLouvain
Or rewatch their intervention: