The burning of fossil fuels has caused changes to the atmosphere and the oceans so dangerous that they pose an existential threat to civilization. Preserving life as we know it depends on making unprecedented changes to every part of our economy and society over the next decade. But with our silence on the necessary scale of mitigation we—birdwatchers and conservationists—are contributing to the greening of business as usual.
If we are serious about preserving biodiversity, avoiding further unnecessary suffering, and sharing the remaining carbon budget equitably, we need to think and do things differently.
It’s time to tell the truth about climate.
It’s time to walk the talk.