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WWF works to sustain the natural world for the benefit of people and wildlife, collaborating with partners from local to global levels in nearly 100 countries.
To prevent the worst impacts of climate change, we must shift our global energy supply from one that relies on dirty fossil fuels—coal, oil, and natural gas—to one that is supported by clean and sustainable sources. The good news is that this transition is already well underway, according to a new WWF report.
Around the globe we are seeing examples of rapid transformation to renewable energy sources such as solar and wind:
These changes mark a significant shift in our global energy use, but we can’t stop here. Today, burning fossil fuels for energy is a primary driver of global warming. In December 2015, 196 nations approved a landmark global plan to curb climate change in the years to come. The Paris Agreement’s long term goal of limiting global warming to well below 2°C, or even 1.5°C, will require a rapid phase out of fossil fuels.
Global meetings, such as the G20 summit taking place in China in early September and the UN climate talks in November, give business owners, government leaders, and other stakeholders the opportunity to say how and what they can contribute to speed up the transition. Ending fossil fuel subsidies, supporting the use of renewable and more efficient energy, and tacking a price onto carbon emissions are just some of the actions that we can take right now to move us closer to our goal.
It looks as though 2016 will go down in the record books as the hottest year ever recorded. It’s a reminder that we have precious little time left to act to keep global temperatures below 2°C.
We have the Paris Agreement to guide our way. Now we need to implement it.