History of GCCA

• September 2, 2011

In 2009, more than 17 million people from all walks of life signed a global call-to-action in advance of the Copenhagen climate talks.  The petition, organized under the TckTckTck campaign banner, was one of the largest of its kind and represented hundreds of organizations across a broad range of social and environmental causes.

Though the UN climate talks have yet to deliver the fair, ambitious and binding treaty on carbon pollution we are fighting for, the climate movement continues to grow stronger every day.

But we need your help. While many governments, businesses and organizations have embraced the vision of a sustainable, low-carbon future, many others have worked to stall the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, whose objective is an international treaty to stabilize greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere at a level sufficient to prevent dangerous interference with our global climate system.

In absence of such a treaty, many countries are continuing to prioritize fossil fuel investments as a way to meet their current energy needs. This is placing us on a crash course with a climate “tipping point” — a concentration of carbon pollution that many scientists now agree could result in a chain reaction of abrupt climate impacts. As we prioritize the extraction of highly polluting fuels like oil shale, natural gas fracking, and coal over renewable alternatives like solar, wind and geothermal power, we put the welfare of our own generation and future generations at great risk.

According to most scientists, we have exceeded the safe upper limit of carbon pollution in the atmosphere* and as a result we are bearing witness to record-breaking weather events and changes in our environment — prolonged droughts, wildfires, floods, tornadoes, hurricanes, and melting polar ice — all of which are happening more rapidly than climate scientist originally predicted. One thing has become abundantly clear… in a warming world the frequency and magnitude of such events will only increase.

Melting of Petermann Glacier

Fortunately the solutions are in our grasp. We can make change happen not only in our own lives, but in our local and national governments. Recent studies have shown that we can feasibly meet more than 80% of our projected energy needs by 2050 through a combination of energy efficiency and renewable energy resources. But it won’t happen unless we demand from our elected leaders a genuine commitment to solve the climate crisis by supporting the rapid deployment of sustainable energy sources, and providing financial support to the most vulnerable communities which are the least responsible for creating the problem.

To get involved, visit our Tck Action Center and find an organization working in your region. You can also check out our Tck Climate Guide and learn more about key Climate Issues and Climate Solutions.

*350 parts per million (PPM) is considered a safe upper limit for atmospheric concentration of Carbon Dioxide (CO2) and other warming gases, including Methane (CH4), Nitrous Oxides (N20). CO2(e) refers to carbon dioxide equivalents of all these gases taken together.  1 tonne of methane, for instance, has the equivalent of 23 tonnes of CO2. 



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TckTckTck is the online hub for the Global Call for Climate Action. The GCCA represents an unprecedented alliance of more than 400 nonprofit organizations from around the world. Our shared mission is to mobilize civil society and galvanize public support to ensure a safe climate future for people and nature, to promote the low-carbon transition of our economies, and to accelerate the adaptation efforts in communities already affected by climate change.

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