( A four minute read)
For wonks now we have had scientific paper after scientific paper, world climate summits, TV coverage of storms, glaciers melting, Greenland disappearing, Lakes lighting with methane, rivers disappearing, dust storms, vines freezing, cities covered in smog, and the rest.
You would think that we get it by now THAT WE ALL NEED TO DO SOMETHING, but no.
Instead because we have world leaders who think that Growth in the economy is the holy grail that rules all our lives we are selling carbon credits on the stock market, making promises to reduce carbon admission that are not worth the paper they are written on.
In the mean time the loss of biodiversity and ecosystems, including marine ecosystems are accelerating to the point of no return.
Global warming may well be the source of climate change but neither adaptation to new climate conditions nor the reduction of emissions alone can ensure that major negative climate change impacts can be avoided over the coming decades.
Addressing climate change will therefore require planning for sustainable development and measures to tackle the oncoming impacts of climate change.
Specific actions are now what is required.
Concerted efforts will need to be made locally and internationally by governments, public agencies, businesses, industries, communities and individuals.
Achieving major reductions in the use of fossil fuels is essential along with sustainable transport and agricultural practices aimed at reducing emissions are also urgently needed.
Development and deployment of low-carbon technologies and new technologies such as carbon capture and storage and management systems will also arise.
If we are to avoid mass migration it is obvious that globally assisting developing countries to address the impacts of climate change and to establish a sustainable pathway for their development is a must.
The rapid expansion of climate change control as a regulatory programme calls for a thorough consideration of its underlying ideas, objectives, and strategies. Climate change is understood as a major global environmental risk, and climate change regulation can be seen as a variant of risk regulation.
Unfortunately in the meantime we will be faced with the impact of climate change for at least the next 50 years.
Its effects increase daily on the quality and quantity of water and soil. It will not just have a devastating effect on the markets, but will create a new distribution of species both human and animal.
Now, we’re beginning to feel the effects of climate change around the globe.
While we can’t undo the damage caused to the environment, we can help decelerate the rate of change – and long-term, change the fate of the planet altogether. Half the problem for us as individuals, however, is the knowing where TO START.
So what can to done now, that might enable all of us to contribute.
Climate science must be integrated as practical knowledge into society so that understanding the complex physical and biological interconnections are relevant to decision-making in social, economic, political, cultural, and educational systems.
While information alone is not enough to prepare society for the immediate and long-term challenges of human influences on climate, without a scientifically informed understanding of the causes and effects of climate change, it will be difficult or impossible to reduce vulnerabilities or enhance the resilience of communities and ecosystems affected by climate change.
How about: One day a month city traffic free day . No privately owned cars on the road only essential service vehicles.
How about: No Flying one day a month.
How about: All TV weather forecast programs dedicating one a week, a report on the very subject.
How About: Take a few minutes to contact your political representatives and the media to tell them you want immediate action on climate change. Remind them that reducing greenhouse gas emissions will also build healthier communities, spur economic innovation and create new jobs. And next time you’re at the polls, vote for politicians who support effective climate policies.
Though you might feel like your lifestyle is insignificant compared to things like oil extraction or vehicle emissions, the choices we make in our day-to-day life — how we get around, what we eat, how we live — play a major role in slowing climate change.
Global warming is not expected to end anytime soon.
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