For Immediate Release,
December 3, 2020
WASHINGTON— A new analysis finds that the United States would need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by an amount equivalent to 195% of its 2005 emissions levels by 2030 in order for the U.S. to contribute its “fair share” to global action on climate change.
The United States Climate Action Network (USCAN) proposes that the U.S. meet part of its fair share by reducing domestic emissions 70% by 2030 and meet the balance by supporting emission reductions overseas.
The analysis, titled The U.S. Climate Fair Share to Limit Global Warming to 1.5 Degrees, was developed by a USCAN working group led by ActionAid USA, North Carolina Interfaith Power and Light, the Center for Biological Diversity and EcoEquity.
The fair shares challenge figures prominently in the international effort to limit warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius, as many observers find it implausible that other countries would make up for shortfalls in the U.S. contribution to meeting the goals of the Paris Agreement. If the U.S. does not do its fair share, the world will not achieve the Paris temperature goals.
On Thursday, Dec. 3, the authors of the analysis will host a webinar for journalists to discuss the findings and their implications for the incoming Biden administration.
When: Thursday, Dec. 3, at 1 p.m. ET/10 a.m. PT
- Rev. Susannah Tuttle, director of North Carolina Interfaith Power and Light (Moderating)
- Brandon Wu, director of policy and campaigns at ActionAid USA (Covering the findings of the analysis and the moral argument for this level of action)
- Tom Athanasiou, executive director of EcoEquity (Covering the pragmatic and realist need for extremely ambitious international cooperation)
- Jean Su, director of the Energy Justice Program at the Center for Biological Diversity (Covering the domestic challenges of emergency climate mobilization)
- Sivan Kartha, senior scientist with the Stockholm Environment Institute and coordinating lead author for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) (Available to answer questions on methodology)
Where: Register here.
Background: The USCAN analysis is part of a broader international effort to quantify individual countries’ fair shares of global climate action, an effort endorsed by hundreds of organizations around the world, which can be found at http://www.civilsocietyreview.org.