Necessary desirable achievable
Initiated by Global Optimism, Mission 2020 is convened by Christiana Figueres as a shared global campaign to drive urgent action to reach a turning point on greenhouse gas emissions by 2020, and thereby limit the effects of climate change, particularly for the most vulnerable people and countries.
“We need to bend the global curve of emissions no later than 2020 and reach a fossil-fuel free world economy by 2050. Yes, this is a grand transformation. Is it doable?
Yes. Is it a sacrifice? No. The evidence grows day-by-day that a de-carbonized world is a more attractive world.”
PROF JOHAN ROCKSTRÖM, DIRECTOR, STOCKHOLM RESILIENCE CENTRE
“Unless we move much more rapidly to greatly reduce greenhouse gas emissions, we will almost certainly lock in severe climate change impacts for future generations and fail to deliver to current populations the massive public health and economic benefits that would accompany a low carbon transition.“
PROF DREW SHINDELL, NICHOLAS PROFESSOR OF EARTH SCIENCES, DUKE UNIVERSITY, USA
“Climate science underlines the unavoidable urgency of our challenge, but equally important is the fact that the economic, technical and social analyses show that we can resoundingly rise to the challenge through collective action.”
PROF GAIL WHITEMAN, DIRECTOR, PENTLAND CENTRE FOR SUSTAINABILITY IN BUSINESS, LANCASTER UNIVERSITY