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WAKE UP: To Climate Change

If David Attenborough was a politician, I’d vote for him every time.  

If you didn’t see Climate Change – The Facts on BBC TV last night, you should.  Even if you think you are already doing your bit to halt climate change, you need to watch it, so the alarming stats are ingrained in your mind.

You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to realise our world is under threat. Over the last few years, we have witnessed the destruction of climate change generated disasters sweeping across our planet on an unprecedented scale.

Millions of people needed humanitarian aid last year

  • 24,000 people were evacuated and more than 2000 homes were lost in the Dominican Republic alone as a result of the devastation caused by Hurricane Irma.  This category five hurricane was created from a tropical wave near Cape Verde and caused catastrophic damage across the Caribbean, before crashing into Florida at a wind speed of 185 mph.
  • Millions of people in the Horn of Africa face acute food and water shortages caused El Niño and higher temperatures linked to climate change.
  • Thousands of people displaced from their homes in Texas and Louisianna after Hurricane Harvey.  (Louisiana is losing land the size of a football field every hour.)
  • 483 dead (14 went missing) and 1 million people displaced in Kerala alone after  monsoon rains and intense flooding across South Asia.

And it’s going to get much worse

As the weather systems change, the higher temperatures evaporate more water and the average global rainfall increases too, creating superstorms.

The extreme heat causes more wildfires, such as in Greece, California even in the Arctic.

The Earth’s ice is melting and Global assessment is worse than expected. 250 billion tonnes of ice plummet into the sea every year as giant glaciers collapse into the sea expanding our oceans.  Sea level has risen 20cms in the last 100 years, displacing people in the South Pacific, Indonesia and Bangladesh.

Impact on families you could ever prepare for

Thirty years ago, Dr James Hanssen warned us of the dangers of our ever increasing carbon dioxide output and it is up to our generation to put things right for our children and grandchildren.

If we don’t start doing something about it now, by  2040/2050, the increased number of storms, droughts, and heatwaves will make growing food a challenge, as well as affecting our supply of clean, safe drinking water.

By the end of Century it is likely to be between 3 and 6 degrees hotter and 10 meters about sea level will have been lost.

Climate-induced dieback of the rainforests will have turned them in savannas.

There is methane gas trapped underground in the Arctic and it is 84% more potent than carbon dioxide, so … as the ice melts…

During the last 3 years, repeated heat stress has caused a third of the world corals to bleach and then die.

It is an irreversible chain reaction.

We need to DECARBONISE and halve our carbon emissions globally by 2030 and strive towards zero emissions by 2050.

  • Stop using fossil fuels
  • Use renewable energy – offshore wind turbines one revolution can power a house for a day.
  • Be energy efficient –  insulate your house.
  • Everything we buy has a carbon footprint – spend a bit more and buy things that are made to last.
  • Eat everything you buy – don’t waste it.
  • Avoid air freighted goods.
  • Reduce your meat consumption reduction – particularly beef, and lamb.

Despite my heart bleeding for Notre Dame this week… there are other burning issues we should all be focussing on right now…

Cultural and political changes need to be made now.

 

The younger generation knows it. In 2018, a Swedish schoolgirl, Greta Thunberg, inspired her generation to speak with one voice, inciting global unity:  School Strike for Climate.

‘A change is coming, whether you like it or not.’

Greta Thunberg

On 16th April 2019, Greta made an impassioned speech to EU leaders.

‘Forget Brexit and focus on climate change’

EU leaders should listen to her.  It’s time to wake up to climate change… before it’s too late.

 

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  1. I shared this post, Tessa. So important. I’m stunned by how many people seem to be able to look away from this or play down the consequences, e.g., a prominent reviewer recently commented on a book about the threats of climate change, “Our children will judge us by the actions we take on this.” Our children will judge us??? Our children will be living in a world where people kill other people for a scrap of food or a cup of clean water. This is not hyperbole. When resources get scarce, people do what they must to survive.

    1. Thank you for sharing and caring. The presevation of our planet is so important and we should all care about it with a passion. ‘This is not a hyperbole.’ So well articulated! It’s time for us to globally unit and do something about it.

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