The symbol above represents removal of CO2 from the atmosphere.
When we look at the symbol we can see a circle. It signifies planet earth. We can also see a wavy line which signifies atmospheric CO2 levels.
A sharp spike is seen on the left side. It shows our unbalanced climate and serves as warning of the approaching climate disaster.
Currently we’re at the top of the spike and levels are still going up. Unless governments and companies do more for the climate we’re going to fail the Paris agreement and head straight for a disaster.
If we pass a tipping point humanity risk extinction sometime beyond the year 2100. It’s unknown where a tipping point may be, but once we pass it civilization is in grave danger.
The fast decline in CO2 after the peak signifies faith in our ability to remove CO2 from the air. Small waves on the right side of the spike signifies an ideal future with a fully restored atmosphere. On this balanced level people can live in harmony with nature for generations to come.
The world must begin CO2 removal now, merely reducing emissions is no longer enough. If we’re going to achieve the goal of the Paris agreement, we need to both reduce and remove at the same time.
All technology to remove CO2 already exist. It can be scaled up to make a real difference. The reason it’s not already being done is ignorance by people and inaction by companies and governments.
We need to raise awareness of carbon removal methods and the importance of starting now. It’s important that companies begin to take climate positive action. For an even bigger impact governments in Europe could, and should, put CO2 removal on the agenda.
If they don’t raise their ambition we soon have to change our wording in the Paris agreement. It would have to read “get back down” to our temperature goal. Speaking about the goal, two degrees is not good enough, our goal should be 1,5 °C.
EU governments already have the goal of net zero emissions by 2050. It’s good and it’s possible to reach, but it’s not enough. Europe should go beyond net zero emissions and become climate positive. We can do it, net zero should be a milestone, not the end goal. By scaling up removals and speeding up reductions we can pass that milestone sooner than 2050.
One more thing about the symbol. In it we can see more of the future than the past, it gives us hope that we can reach climate balance again.
Humanity’s survival on earth is everything, because it’s boring and impossible to live a good life on Mars.