On October 8, 2018, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released a special report on keeping warming below 1.5°C. It was a wake-up call to the world that the window for avoiding runaway climate change is closing — fast.
In the lead up to the report’s release, we knew that this would be a significant moment for the climate movement. Moments where the world’s attention is focused on the real urgency of the climate crisis are rare, and we wanted to make sure that we took full advantage of that.
We wanted to make sure that the right lessons were learned from this report and that media coverage pointed the fingers at the real culprits for the climate crisis, fossil fuel executives and the political and financial institutions that support them.
We developed the People’s Dossier on 1.5°C, the climate movement’s response to the latest science to make sure that the real stories of resistance were carried in media stories about the report.
To make sure our movement didn’t become paralyzed by fear, but motivated by the latest science, we developed a simple, distributed action to deliver the report to decision makers around the world.
I led a special project team to develop timely content to make sure our message was central to the global conversation about our report, develop action guides for groups and individuals and support actions around the world.
People across the world showed they were willing to step up to this challenge, and take targeted political actions, together, to enact meaningful change. Through a range of tactics, our movement brought a strong, pointed message to decision makers: 1.5˚C means no more support to the fossil fuel industry, in any form.