Mission: Methane Action’s mission is to pursue the science and policy advances needed, under careful global governance, to rapidly restore atmospheric concentrations of methane, a potent greenhouse gas, to pre-industrial levels (near 700 parts per billion) for the benefit of present and future generations.
Vision: We envision a near future in which the methane emergency and the imperative for acting on it are widely understood, the science and technologies for both methane emissions mitigation and methane removal are far advanced, and the necessary social engagement, communications, policy, governance, and oversight frameworks for them are in place. By combining aggressive methane emissions mitigation with safe, effective methane removal, atmospheric methane could be reduced from its current dangerous concentration of 1900 parts per billion to its preindustrial level.
Methane Action’s mission and vision are aligned with existing global climate goals, including the 2021 Global Methane Pledge signed by over 110 countries to cut methane emissions by at least 30 percent below 2020 levels by 2030, and the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Paris Agreement target of keeping global warming to well below a rise of 2 degrees Celsius, and preferably below 1.5 degrees Celsius rise in temperatures. The Global Methane Pledge, if fulfilled, has the potential to avoid nearly 0.3 Celsius of warming by the 2040s. Methane removal would complement these and other methane mitigation efforts. Atmospheric methane removal at scale has the potential to avoid 0.4 Celsius of warming by 2050 under a high emission scenario, and up to 1.0 Celsius under a low emission scenario by 2100.
For addressing a rise in naturally occurring methane emissions, which comprise approximately 40 percent of the current total, methane removal will be essential. Thus, these two approaches—methane reduction and removal– are urgently needed in the current methane emergency context.
To learn more about our work and opportunities to support it, please contact Methane Action CEO Daphne Wysham, (email: daphne at methaneaction dot org), (503)310-7042, 211 Taylor St., Suite 403E, Port Townsend, Washington 98368.
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