We have to face the fact that we are to blame for heating up our planet and act rapidly to transition to the zero carbon economy.
Our climate has already changed. Increased heatwaves, bushfires, droughts and flooding is occuring alongside reports of rising seas, melting ice, acidifying oceans with plants, animals and people dying.
The situation is dire because we have delayed effective action for more than 30 years.
We must make "immediate, rapid and large-scale cuts in emissions" or we will not be able to stay below the Paris goals. This means there will be catastrophic destabilization of the global climate with unpredictable and sudden impacts on people everywhere. A situation we cannot allow to happen.
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It is now more than 30 years since Dr James Hansen's testimony to the US Congress warning of what has now become reality and 160 years since Eunice Foote described the role of CO2 in the greenhouse effect.
The amont of warming we experience depends on the sum total of human emissions. This means that we have a limited "budget" before the Paris Goal of below 2C will be out of reach.
At current rates, we will exhaust this budget within this decade. Emissions cuts are not just urgent, they must start immediately.
We can do our bit to cut our own emissions footprint (changing to renewable electricity, driving an EV, consuming less, etc) But we must also impress upon our leaders and politicians that action is required now and must not be delayed any longer.
This is an ethical and moral issue. Justice demands action. We are living at the expense of our descendants - we will all suffer if we don't take the necessary action.
Please talk to our political leaders, write letters, call them. We need leadership now, not more delay.
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