Published on April 18th, 2019 By Joshua Holliday
It’s time for us to “Fire the FUCK up!”- Sarah Wilson
*UPDATE 29/04/2019 – Forbes Article*
“Recovery is all but impossible”, he [James Anderson] argued, without a World War II-style transformation of industry—an acceleration of the effort to halt carbon pollution and remove it from the atmosphere, and a new effort to reflect sunlight away from the earth’s poles.
I saw Sarah speak on a panel recently at the Bucket List in Bondi Beach, Sydney, Australia.
Thanks to Bondi Chambers Of Commerce and that panel I’ve been inspired to write this article.
The scientific facts and evidence have been shown.
Planet Earth is heating up at a pace faster then humans have ever seen before and if we don’t act quickly (like NOW quickly) then we are on a fast track to making this planet uninhabitable for a lot of species including humans.
Yep, that’s right. We won’t be able to live here anymore. We’ll be like a naughty kid that misbehaved and got kicked out of school. Only thing is the school is earth and we don’t have anywhere to go afterwards.
The IPCC (Internation Panel on Climate Change) released a special report in 2018 that I personally don’t think is getting enough attention. The report finds that limiting global warming to 1.5°C (currently at about 1C) would require “rapid and far-reaching” transitions in land, energy, industry, buildings, transport, and cities.
If we manage to limit global warming to 1.5C humans may have a chance of surviving. If we go over 1.5C it is believed that we will pass a point of no return and that the global climate will continue to rise despite our efforts to reduce emissions. It’s unclear what will happen if we pass that tipping point. One thing that is for sure is that it will affect the climate of our planet so much so that we will see a shift in our natural habitat that will likely cause mass extinction of species.
To limit warming to 1.5C global net human-caused emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) would need to fall by about 45 percent from 2010 levels by 2030, reaching ‘net zero’ around 2050. That means global human emissions need to be reduced by nearly half within 11 years – CRAZY RIGHT?
Are you following so far?
Let me reiterate – October 2018 the IPCC issued a special report on the impacts that global warming of 1.5°C would have on the environment.The findings showed that warming of 1.5°C would be catastrophic and that limiting warming to 1.5°C would require rapid, far-reaching and extreme changes in ALL aspects of society.
Now how do we do that? At this point, to believe changing consumer habits alone will solve the problem isn’t just unrealistic, it’s delusional. And it’s also paralyzing.
In September 2019, Secretary-General of the UN, António Guterres will convene a Climate Summit to bring world leaders of governments, the private sector and civil society together to support the multilateral process and to increase and accelerate climate action and ambition.
Meanwhile in Australia….
The Great Barrier Reef is in the middle of its worst crisis in recorded history, with 93% of the reefs along the 2,300km site experiencing bleaching caused by unusually warm ocean temperatures. At our current rate it is predicted that any hope for the Great Barrier Reef surviving will be lost by 2030.
Meanwhile, the current environment minister, Melissa Price, has recently approved underground water management plans for the proposed Adani project that will be the nail in the coffin of the Great Barrier Reef if it goes through.
James Hansen, the former Nasa scientist who helped raised the alarm about climate change, said both 1.5C and 2C would take humanity into uncharted and dangerous territory. He also said there was a huge difference between the two: “1.5C gives young people and the next generation a fighting chance.”
At the current level of commitments, the world is on course for a disastrous 3C of warming. To see what happens at 3c watch this https://youtu.be/xplesDv5hl0
For those who don’t watch the video here is an idea – Among the foreseen consequences are:
I know that all sounds very scary and I’m sure you’re eager to know what you can do to help preserve this beautiful planet which we’re so lucky to call home so here are some options:
It’s time to FIRE UP!
*Here’s a list of the natural disasters in 2019 so far.
Want to read more? Start here – “An Optimists Guide To Solving Climate Change And Saving The World”.