Thirty years from now, the only thing that will appear important about this historical moment will be the question of whether or not we did something meaningful to stop confront climate change. The reason is simple: We are drastically altering the very life support system upon which we depend, and we have only a very narrow window of opportunity to avert catastrophic impacts to society. The time for action is now; each year we delay the required emission cuts become steeper. 

 Lake Mead water levels have dropped more than 100 feet since 2000, reflecting
 drought conditions in the Colorado River basin—one of the areas most vulnerable
 to climate change in the US. / Kumar Appaiah

To preserve a livable climate, the US must enact a rising carbon price and take the global lead in embracing the 2°C (3.6°F) heat limit.  We must phase out coal within two decades and assist the developing world with low-carbon energy. Sadly, our paralyzed political situation makes these achievements appear to be highly unlikely.  

To achieve these objectives, the only plausible route is to mobilize a critical mass of Americans with a compelling multi-faceted campaign. The Association for the Tree of Life (ATL) has a comprehensive Save Ourselves NOW Campaignto ignite the climate conversation across the culture, to mobilize a sizable sector of the public to action, and to overcome political paralysis.  

A campaign to mobilize Americans:

  • Media: An extensive media outreach warns the public and calls for action. 
  • Education: Engaging classes with personal instruction and discussion informs the public about climate specifics.
  • Grassroots: Public outreach and direct action further motivates and mobilizes citizens.

The goal is to build a broad based movement in which the public understands the dangers, demands action from their elected representatives, and achieves a price on carbon through political advocacy. Philanthropy must now help in a coordinated partnership effort to catalyze effective action. It alone has the credibility, influence and resources to support the campaign. A consortium of funders will provide extraordinary financial support for the major parts of this Strategic Plan to succeed. 

 New Jersey coastline after Hurricane Sandy /
 Master Sgt. Mark Olsen, US Air Force

Four essential principles for climate stabilization:

These principles are the foundation of the movement's policy goals, strategies, and tactics to adequately address the scope, scale, and urgency of the climate threat.

 

 

 

For more information and to take action: