Climate change is a fact. But don’t give up!
There’s no doubt that we’re seeing an increased frequency of catastrophic events around the world. Already this year, thousands of people on the east coast of Australia became homeless as flood warnings forced massive evacuations. This should be evidence enough to confirm the reality of climate change.
As the report is over 3600 pages, The Centre for Marine Socioecology (CMS) combined with Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS) to present the Climate Change Matters event: a concise, accessible explanation of the report’s findings.
With 270 authors assessing over 34 000 scientific studies, the report announced 5 key findings:
- The climate is warming
- Warming is unequivocally caused by human activities
- Human-induced warming has caused an increased frequency and intensity of climate extremes
- Future warming will depend on the effectiveness of emissions reduction
- Warming will become increasingly dangerous for human and ecological systems.
While these findings are dire, and seemingly hopeless, the report concluded that there’s still time to work on mitigating, and even reversing, some of the damage humans have done.
BUT concerted, aggressive action needs to happen now to reduce the impacts and help avert catastrophe.
What can we do? Don’t give up.
- Let’s talk about climate change. Conversations raise awareness.
- Let’s make talking about climate change and climate change strategies a normal part of life.
- Always look to reputable sources to educate ourselves and others.
- Let’s share ideas for reducing our own carbon footprints.
- Advocate for our leaders to be more proactive in ending fossil fuel sooner.
Glimmer is the perfect community to connect with like-minded people in a positive effort to help each other and our planet. Let’s inspire each other.
“Every fraction of a degree of warming we avoid improves the outcome.”
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is the United Nations’ body for assessing the science related to climate change.
Centre for Marine Socioecology. https://marinesocioecology.org
Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies. https://www.imas.utas.edu.au
The IPCC 6th Assessment Report. Working Group I. https://www.ipcc.ch/report/sixth-assessment-report-working-group-i/
The IPCC 6th Assessment Report. Working Group II. https://www.ipcc.ch/report/sixth-assessment-report-working-group-ii/