No catchy tag line can do justice to the attention that needs to be given to climate change! Remedying it is the need of the hour and we as citizens of the world must take action is every capacity we can. Today the world is on its edge. It’s make or break time before we fail to tackle global warming. The prospects of meeting the goals of the 2015 Paris pact now seem like a distant dream.
Today, the United States are the second largest emitter of carbon dioxide in the world and have rolled back the policy measures pertaining to this under the presidentship of Barack Obama.
To avoid racing past warming of 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 degrees Fahrenheit) over preindustrial levels would require a “rapid and far reaching” transformation of human civilization at a magnitude that has simply never happened before as reported by NDTV.
According to many reports, this change is not only possible and doable but extremely necessary.
United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, or IPCC, wrote in a report requested as part of the 2015 Paris climate agreement that the world’s annual carbon dioxide emissions, which currently amount to more than 40 billion tons per year, would have to be on an extremely steep downward path by 2030 to either hold the globe entirely below 1.5 degrees Celsius, or allow only a brief “overshoot” in temperatures. By 2050, the report calls for a total or near-total phaseout of the burning of coal.
“Such large transitions pose profound challenges for sustainable management of the various demands on land for human settlements, food, livestock feed, fibre, bioenergy, carbon storage, biodiversity and other ecosystem services,” the report states.
“It’s like a deafening, piercing smoke alarm going off in the kitchen. We have to put out the fire,” said Erik Solheim, executive director of the United Nations Environment Programme.
In Incheon, South Korea, over the past week, the final 34-page “summary for policymakers” was agreed to in a marathon session by scientists and government officials.
The report says the world will need to develop large-scale “negative emissions” programs to remove significant volumes of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.
Bottom line is that we have well passed our wake up call and if we don’t take quick and correct action, it’ll be too late to help ourselves.
By Abhishek Aggarwal