Climate crisis overview
In November 2019, Camden Council formally declared a Climate and Ecological Emergency, recognising not only the threat of climate change but also the impact of irreversible damage to our planet.
Greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide (CO2) in our atmosphere help to regulate global temperatures. Over the past century, human activity has increased greenhouse gases at unprecedented rates, mainly due to the burning of fossil fuels (natural gas, petroleum, and coal). As a result, global temperatures have risen by 1°C.
This change in temperature has already started to lead to more frequent and extreme weather events such as the significant flooding which occurred in Camden last summer.
In 2018, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change special report ‘Global Warming of 1.5 °C’ called on global heating to be limited to 1.5 °C, highlighting the devastating impact a temperature rise of 2°C would have on our food and water supply, human life and economic growth. The latest report, released in 2022, stated that we need to act ‘now or never’ if we are to stay within this limit.
Global temperatures are on track to exceed 1.5°C in the early 2030s. Therefore, we need to take urgent action to avoid a global climate crisis.