The United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has released a report acknowledging that if, as a planet, we do not cut fossil fuel emissions in half by 2030, we will be locked into an increased 1.5°C of warming above pre-industrial levels. This level of warming will rapidly increase the current acidification of oceans, increased extreme weather patterns including hotter summers and colder winters, increasing numbers of species extinctions (including, possibly humans), global food instability, and many other consequences.
“I don’t want you to be hopeful, I want you to panic. I want you to feel the fear I feel every day and then I want you to act.”Greta Thunberg
Young Swedish student and founder of #FridaysForFuture, Greta Thunberg, has eaten her last spoonful of hope and is calling on you and everyone to panic. The dire need to act against human caused climate change is clearer than ever.
“Inevitable collapse, probable catastrophe and possible extinction.”Jem Bendell
In his summary of the impending climate catastrophe facing humans and the planet, Professor Jem Bendell has us consider the implications of it being too late to avoid a global environmental catastrophe in the lifetimes of people who are alive today.