Deadly heatwaves, floods, storms, wildfires, droughts, crop failures… This is not “the new normal”. We’re at the very beginning of a climate and ecological emergency, and extreme weather events will only become more and more frequent.
After the catastrophic recent developments – especially in Western Europe – everyone seems to be talking about the climate emergency, and rightly so. But as soon as these tragedies are over we’ll most likely forget about it and move on like before. Unless we treat the crisis like a crisis all the time, we will not be able to halt the climate emergency.
People in power are now trying to act responsibly, saying lots of beautiful words. Everyone seems to forget that they are the ones responsible for putting us on a pathway towards a several degrees hotter and destabilized planet. My thoughts are with everyone affected by these events.
Today we’re launching the Climate Science Information Center — a dedicated space that we’ll be highlighting at the top of Facebook with authoritative information from the world’s leading climate organizations.
As we’ve seen the wildfires raging across the west coast of the US and the flooding in South Sudan and South Asia, it’s clear that climate change is real and the need to act is growing more urgent every day.
The Climate Science Information Center will include factual resources from trusted organizations and, most critically, it will include actionable steps you can take in your everyday life to combat climate change.
To meet the Paris Agreement’s temperature goal to limit temperature rise to 1.5 degree Celsius, global emissions will need to be net zero by 2050. To help meet this goal, Facebook’s global operations will achieve net zero emissions in 2020 and we plan to reach net zero emissions across our entire value chain in 2030.
We will reduce our value chain emissions through efficient design, operations, and construction across the life cycle of our offices, data centers and hardware. We’ll help scale existing technology and the development of new solutions that will reduce GHG emissions and remove carbon from the atmosphere. We are committing to the Science-Based Target Initiative (SBTi), joining other companies who have aligned their corporate climate goals with the latest research on what is necessary to transition to a zero-carbon economy.
Stopping climate change is something we can only do as a global community, and we have to act together before it’s too late. We’ll do our part and hope to inspire others to do the same.
So proud to finally announce Team X44! ⚡️ Team X44 will be joining the Extreme E series and I’m really excited to share this project with you. It will be fun to have a different role from being the team driver. What is most appealing though, is that the Extreme E Championship will be not only raising awareness of some of the most critical environmental issues facing our planet, but also doing something about it through working with local charitable organisations to leave behind no trace and a long-lasting legacy of change. Every single one of us has the power to make a difference, and it means so much to me that I can use my love of racing, together with my love for our planet, to have a positive impact. I’m looking forward to the team taking part in this new series and I think it’s incredible that we can do so whilst raising awareness about the climate crisis.
Recently I’ve been making many changes in my life to reduce my impact on the environment. The first step in this journey was to understand my personal impact on the planet so I could make changes to improve it. Since then, I have offset my carbon footprint from my Formula 1 career dating back to 2007, I have reduced travel where possible, I have gone plant-based and outside of the track, I try to use electric cars wherever possible. I also want to use my position as a racing driver to enforce positive and permanent change, which is why I’m working closely with Mercedes to slowly move their fleet of cars towards electric. This is my new dream car, the new EQS fully electric Mercedes. I can’t wait until it’s released!
It’s difficult to always be perfect when we go about our daily lives, but I’m continuing to learn how to be better and I’m committed to staying educated and informed so I can play my part. Small steps lead to big change, so it’s important we all take a moment to understand our footprint and the small changes we can make in our everyday lives to put our planet first. The last step for me will be when I step away from this sport and can focus fully on helping heal the world to provide a better future for our kids and our kids, kids.
If you ever feel sad or hopeless, just remember that there’s always hope. We have democracy. For instance, there are tens of thousands of newspapers and TV stations. If only a few of them decided to start treating the climate- and ecological crisis like the existential crisis it is, more and more people would become aware of the alarming situation and start putting real pressure on leaders and policymakers. Then everything could change overnight.