The transition years.

(2020 to 2040)

How humanity changed its emissions trajectory and tackled climate change, one small victory at a time. A science and fiction chart by Vizzuality.

What will our future look like in the context of global change? What actions can slow the trend of rising temperatures? We gathered evidence of global efforts to mitigate the effects of climate change. From grassroots initiatives to corporate and government actions, we used these acts to build an imagined timeline that depicts the collective positive impacts of climate action. The optimistic scenario resulting from our experiment gives insight into how to end the climate emergency.

Type of effort

  • Milestone
  • Politics
  • Energy
  • Social
  • Technology
  • Science
  • Economy

Estimated impact in stabilising temperature trends

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Globally averaged temperature anomalies from AR4 multi-model average of B1 scenario.