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Climate Activists Project “Climate Clock” on Rio’s Christ the Redeemer

Over the weekend, climate activists projected a “Climate Clock” on the iconic Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, warning that humanity has “less than six years left” to prevent catastrophic climate scenarios and address climate change effectively.

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Countdown to Minimally Safe Levels for Humanity

Organized by the non-government climate organization Talanoa Institute, the clock symbolizes the time remaining to keep the “average increase in the Earth’s temperature at minimally safe levels for humanity.” According to Natalie Unterstell, the president of the Talanoa Institute, the clock’s calculation initially pointed to the year 2030 as the deadline to stay within the 1.5 degrees Celsius limit. However, current emissions trends have advanced the urgency, leaving less than six years to act.

A Call to Urgent Action

Unterstell emphasized that the “Climate Clock” is not a conventional timepiece but rather a symbol of urgency. It reminds people that if emissions continue to rise, the clock will speed up, underscoring the imminent risks. Conversely, reducing emissions will slow down the clock, offering hope for the future.

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Avoiding Catastrophic Climate Impacts

The activists warn that if the clock reaches zero, the “entire carbon budget will be exhausted,” leading to a high likelihood of devastating global climate impacts. Their mission is to address the climate emergency through various measures, including renewable energy adoption, indigenous land sovereignty to mitigate climate change impacts, demanding “loss and damage” payments from G20 member-states, utilizing green climate funds, achieving gender parity in national governance to combat climate change’s adverse impact on women, and divesting from fossil fuels.

Global Presence of the Climate Clock

The “Climate Clock” initiative extends beyond Rio de Janeiro. Similar clocks have been installed in Union Square in New York, as well as in Berlin, New York, Seoul, Rome, and Glasgow.

As the world faces mounting challenges related to climate change, these activists advocate for urgent actions backed by scientific evidence to safeguard the planet’s future.

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