Why we need to make a change

Updated: Jul 5, 2020

Climate change is real and we can all do something about. One change at a time.

I think that most of us has seen and heard the stats on whats going on with our planet (but if you haven't, you can find them below). Sticking our head in the sand honestly seems really appealing. With how quickly environmental trends can change and the limited time we have these days to sit behind a computer and research all the new environmental trends or be out on the picket line... how do we know what to do? It's just too overwhelming 🤦‍♀️ and besides, we are just one person or one family. It's the big corporations that need to make the change, right?.... but what if we made small changes that could affect the invisible hand?

The invisible hand is a term used in economics to describe how what we want, and what we buy, forces manufacturers and retailers to make it. If people don't want to buy it.. shops won't want to sell it. So what if we raised the demand collectively for products and initiatives that helped stabilise global warming? I believe we can do it. But we need to do it together.

So how bad is it? Do we really need to act now?

Where are we now?

Someone once asked me at a Catholic wedding what religion I conformed to, and I bluntly and swiftly answered, science. I appreciate that in science, ideas are tested and everything is questioned. However, at times it may be a little too practical. Perhaps we have lost a little of the wonder that our distant ancestors had with our planet. The deep bonds and respect that they had for all the life that exists here. At some point we, as a society, and as a species, decided that we would no longer respect the balance of it all, and it now all belonged to us. To pillage and squander.

Despite our squandering, the scientists and the shamans were there desperately warning us of the consequences of this imbalance. So what are those consequences and have we reached the tipping point? let‘s take a look at the science that we have available at the moment (or that I can get my hands on) and what it tells us about the state of our planet today.“Quotes are a great way to add authority to your posts.”

The Science

Highlights from the United in Science report. The Global Climate in 2015-2019, by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO).

1. “Warmest five-year period on record (5)”, The impacts of global warming are already being observed (4). Heatwaves, record-breaking fires, cyclones, floods & drought (5). The average global temperature for 2015–2019 is on track to be the warmest of any equivalent period on record (5). It is currently estimated to be 1.1°Celsius (± 0.1°C) above pre-industrial (1850–1900) times. Land and ocean ecosystems have already changed due to global warming (4).

2. A growing, hungry population, “An estimated 23% of total anthropogenic (environmental pollution originating in human activity) green house gas emissions derive from agriculture, forestry and other land use”2 other affects of land degregation and farming are the use of water, loss of natural eco systems & declining biodiversity (2).

3. Decrease of sea ice and accelerating Sea-level rise. “Glacier mass loss for 2015-2019 is the highest for any five-year period on record (5)””Sea-level rise accelerated from 3.04 millimeters per year (mm/yr) during the period 1997–2006 to approximately 4mm/yr during the period 2007–2016 (5).”

4. “Record Greenhouse Gas Concentrations in the Atmosphere”5, “Levels of the main long-lived greenhouse gases, carbon dioxide (CO2), methane (CH4)) and nitrous oxide (N2O) have reached new highs (5)”. The last time this happened was 3.5 mil years ago and sea levels rose by 10-20m (5)".

5. Business as usual, “Current economic and energy trends suggest that emissions will be at least as high in 2019 as in 2018. Global GDP is expected to grow at 3.2% in 2019, and if the global economy decarbonised at the same rate as in the last 10 years, that would still lead to an increase in global emissions (5)".

6. The energy crisis “Despite extraordinary growth in renewable fuels over the past decade, the global energy system is still dominated by fossil fuel sources. The annual increase in global energy use is greater than the increase in renewable energy, meaning the fossil fuel use continues to grow. This growth needs to halt immediately (5).”

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