OUR PLANET IS IN TROUBLE
WE ARE IN TROUBLE
Despite the global pandemic, the global average amount of carbon dioxide hit a new record high in 2020: 414 parts per million.
The annual rate of increase in atmospheric carbon dioxide over the past 60 years is about 100 times faster than previous natural increases, such as those that occurred at the end of the last ice age 11,000-17,000 years ago.
Over 10000 years ago, the number of carbon stabilised and with that came predictable seasons and weather patterns enabling civilisation.
With civilisation came industrial revolution which led to increased burning of fossil fuels and destruction of nature. The carbon stability in the atmosphere is breaking and we are in huge trouble.
It's sad to note that the people that do the least in destroying our planet are the ones hardest hit by the effects of climate change. Taking an example of the horn of Africa which is currently facing a severe drought. Some parts haven't experienced rainfall this year leading to countries like Kenya to declare the drought a national disaster.
The big question is can we solve the climate problem in one generation? The answer is yes. It is very possible, infact we have to solve the problem. We will be held accountable by the future generations if we fail to take action.
In order to achieve a more equal world where everyone has acess to affordable clean energy and natural, healthy food, we need a new Industrial revolution. One that is powered by millions of sustainable innovations. We need the number of carbon parts per million in the atmosphere to start dropping.
At individual level you can help limit your carbon footprint by;
-Consuming local and seasonal products
-Limiting meat consumption, especially beef
-Selecting fish from sustainable fishing
-Bringing reusable shopping bags and avoiding products with excessive plastic packaging
-Making sure to buy only what you need, to avoid waste.
Small changes can really make a big difference in the long run.
If the world working apart can destroy the planet then surely the world working together should be able to save the planet.