Yesterday, the U.N.’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released what some consider to be the “most authoritative, unequivocal scientific report ever on climate change.” The report says that “human influence has been the dominant cause of the observed warming,” due in large part to an increase in greenhouse gas emissions since the 1950s.
“Human influence has been detected in warming of the atmosphere and the ocean, in changes in the global water cycle, in reductions in snow and ice, in global mean sea level rise, and in changes in some climate extremes,” the report says.
“The science is in: climate change is real and man-made. The debate is over. Spread the word and demand action.”
The petition reads:
“We call on you to respond to the unequivocal findings of the IPCC report with ambitious action to stop catastrophic climate change. It is up to you to lead a ‘BIG fix’: B — Big oil and polluters out of politics, I — Invest in cleaner and smarter energy, G — Global, ambitious and binding deal to cut emissions. Global warming is the most significant planetary crisis of our time and it demands courageous leadership. We call on you to meet this historic responsibility.”
John Kerry, the U.S. Secretary of State, responded to the report by saying, “The risks and costs of doing nothing are so great, only a deeply irresponsible government would be so negligent.”
So far, the petition has received more than 558,000 signatures.