On Thursday, April 22, you and your family can show your support for the Paris Climate Accord’s goal of lowering global greenhouse gas emissions by 7.6% every year until 2030. Starting at 7:00 p.m., Richard Sheiner MD, the administrator for Fridays for Future Montreal, will lead the campaign “15 Minutes for the Planet – the 7.6 Campaign,” which is being shared with Fridays for Future chapters around the world. One goal of the campaign is to raise more support from the public for lowering emissions so that the planet will be saved for future generations.
To join the campaign, individuals and families are asked to do this:
- Sign the petition addressed to Secretary John Kerry that supports cutting emissions by 7.6% per year this decade.
- Create a sign that says, “1.5 degrees celsius requires 7.6% reduction in global greenhouse gases per year.”
- On Earth Day, Thursday, April 22, stand outside with your sign at 7:00 p.m. for 15 minutes. Advocate with your friends and family for lowering emissions and show your neighbors how crucial these numbers are. Remember to wear masks and follow social distancing guidelines.
- Take a picture of your sign and then post it on Instagram. Use the hashtag #7point6campaign.
- After Earth Day, continue going outside at 7:00 p.m. every Friday for 15 minutes to display the sign until we achieve the change we need.
- During the week, display the sign in your window or at your office until change happens.
Dr. Sheiner, the organizer of the event, is the founder and president of the Centre for the Promotion of Global Health, a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting the Paris Climate Change Agreement as well as the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.
We want to prevent the rise of global temperatures from exceeding 1.5-degrees centigrade. We still have an opportunity to prevent the worst outcomes of the climate crisis. Our window to avert this disaster is narrowing, and this decade will be crucial to deciding the fate of humanity. We can turn Earth onto a far healthier path, but we must act now. That starts with bringing emissions down every year until 2030, which we are not doing. That is alarming and is the reason for ‘15 Minutes for the Future – the 7.6 Campaign.
Dr. Sheiner began his environmental career training with Vice President Al Gore in Mexico. He is a Climate Reality leader. In addition to his background as a child and adolescent psychiatrist, Dr. Sheiner was trained as a family therapist during his psychiatric residency at McGill University in Montreal.
He believes that we need to see the climate crisis as a global family crisis. He states that in family therapy when we are missing family members, it’s difficult to have a successful outcome. In the same way, he believes that we need to involve more individuals and families that are part of our global family to solve the climate crisis.
Earth Day, April 22, he says, is the right time for children, parents, and grandparents to join together and strengthen the fight against climate change.
Remember to talk to friends and family about the dangers of global warming and why 1.5-degrees centigrade is so important. Sign the petition to John Kerry and encourage others to do so as well, and then join the campaign with your sign on April 22 at 7:00 p.m. for 15 minutes. Lastly, continue doing so every Friday at 7:00 p.m. after that until we see change happen. By coming together as a global family and using our voices to advocate for a decrease in emissions, we can help our planet survive.
You can follow the 7point6campaign and receive updates on the Earth Day event at