The 2010s were a “decade of disappointment,” said Kallan, now 15 and a national coordinator for the youth climate organisation Fridays for Future. If the world is to stave off further disasters, the next decade must be one of unprecedented climate action, she said. “This decade that we’re going into now will be the most important of our lives,” Kallan said. “We’re kind of running out of options. And we’re running out of time.” Ten years ago, the United Nations released its first “emissions gap” report detailing the disparity between commitments made by nations to reduce greenhouse gases and what is needed to meet global temperature targets. It estimated that countries should be curbing emissions by about 3 per cent per year. But that hasn’t happened, said Surabi Menon, vice president for global intelligence at the ClimateWorks Foundation and a steering committee member for the UN’s emissions gap reports. “We’ve left ourselves with a very narrow window to take the kind of action that needs to be taken,” she said.
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