This Provocation urges them to fully recognise the scale of the task ahead, to overcome the inertia of “climate politics as usual” and to evolve a genuine approach to governing the global commons for the good of all. An important demand stated here is that efforts to reach agreement must be anchored not only in the IPCC reports but also in a series of recently presented new scientific findings. Some of the new knowledge is alarming. It clearly shows that climate change is both more rapid, and its consequences more serious, than anticipated just a few years ago.
The main purpose of this Provocation is to challenge the widespread perception that nations are dealing effectively with climate change when, in fact, almost nothing is happening yet at the global scale. As we all know, the depressing truth is that since the signing of the Kyoto Protocol, carbon dioxide (CO2 ) emissions have in fact accelerated, from 1.3 percent per year in the 1990s, to a staggering 3.3 percent per year from 2000 to 2006. Camouflaging the seriousness of the problem is dangerous as it gives the broader public the impression that the situation is under control, when, in fact, it is not.
In these pages we place the major facts on the table – with the hope that climate negotiators, as well as world leaders, will respond to the problems with the level of urgency needed to avert a global climate crisis. This Provocation is published by the Tällberg Foundation, an independent Sweden-based think tank and convenor of annual global meetings.
The authors are Bo Ekman, chairman of the Tällberg Foundation, Johan Rockström, executive director of the Stockholm Environment Institute and member of the Tällberg Foundation Board and Anders Wijkman, Member of the European Parliament and vicechairman of the Tällberg Foundation Board. Rebecca Oliver of the Tällberg Foundation has co-ordinated and edited the text. Johannah Bernstein, Marlene Grundström and Åsa Persson have also provided substantive input.
The Provocation presents the authors’ personal analyses and views, supported by the work-in-progress on the nature and functions of planetary boundaries, which has been generated by a group of eminent scientists under the leadership of the Stockholm Environment Institute.
For over 30 years, the Tällberg Foundation has convened conversations on global issues, generating ideas and proposals for policy, strategy and institutional development that support the interests of the “Whole”. The Tällberg Forum is a major annual event where political, business and civil society leaders, scientists, thinkers, activists and entrepreneurs from nearly one hundred nations gather for conversations and workshops related to the opportunities and challenges of globalisation. Our conversations are focusing increasingly on issues of governance, with a special focus on the complex interaction between humans and nature.