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According to the latest report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the world's main scientific authority on global warming, keeping global temperatures from rising more than 1.5 degrees Celsius above preindustrial levels is a feasible goal.Instead, the IPCC focuses on how we can avoid crossing the 1.5 C threshold in the first place. We must, it asserts, decarbonize the global economy immediately to ensure that global CO2 emissions decline by about 45 percent by 2030 and reach net zero by 2050 .Achieving this will require not just transforming economic activity, but also confronting destructive power dynamics and social inequalities.It would also facilitate the restructuring of energy systems to serve social and ecological needs.Consider textiles production, which in 2015 generated greenhouse-gas emissions totaling 1.2 billion tons of CO2-equivalents.This approach is proven to work: Small-scale farmers, peasants, fishers, indigenous communities, rural workers, women and youth already feed 70 percent of the world's population, while using only 25 percent of its agricultural resources.According to a report by the Climate, Land, Ambition, and Rights Alliance, ecosystem-based approaches in the land sector and agro-ecological changes to food production and consumption systems including more local ownership could deliver 13 GtCO2eq per year in avoided emissions, and almost 10 GtCO2eq annually in sequestered carbon by 2050 .
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