Global Temperature Anomaly, 26" H x 38" W
Embroidery on silk & velvet

Figure 1 from the World Meteorological Organization's State of the Global Climate 2021 report is a graph of the annual mean earth temperature difference (or anomaly) from the pre-industrial baseline (1850-1900). The past seven years are on track to be the seven warmest on record, based on data for the first nine months of 2021.

Other embroidery explains the basics of the Paris Agreement, a legally binding international treaty on climate change. It was adopted by 196 Parties in Paris, in December 2015 and entered into force on November 4, 2016. Its goal is to limit global warming to well below 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit), preferably to 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 degrees F), compared to pre-industrial levels.

The Emissions Gap Report is an annual science-based assessment of the gap between countries’ pledges on greenhouse gas emissions reductions and the reductions required to deliver a global temperature increase of below 2°C by the end of this century.

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), also known as the Global Goals, were adopted by the United Nations in 2015 as a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure that by 2030 all people enjoy peace and prosperity. Sustainable Development Goal 13 is Climate Action.

NDCs (Nationally Determined Contributions) are national climate plans, climate actions, and climate related targets, policies and measures governments aim to implement in response to climate change and as a contribution to global climate action.