The United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change recently published a report that many experts believed was grim; UN Secretary General António Guterres called it the “Red Code for Humanity”.
According to the IPCC, the earth could warm by more than 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 degrees Fahrenheit) in the coming years if no measures are taken to curb greenhouse gas emissions.
Over time, the effects of climate change seem to become more and more tangible in subtle ways – natural disasters have become more common, more intense and more devastating, and many places around the world are experiencing unprecedented changes in their climates – and the consequences of these changes are affecting infrastructure and Life.
In the midst of such news, it’s easy to get discouraged. This is especially true of the younger generation: it’s hard to get hope or look forward to the decades ahead when the future looks bleak and dangerous.
It is important to consider such news. However, with such reports, potential for improvement and crisis prevention potential are often overlooked.
According to the BBC, Guterres said to join forces, the climate catastrophe could still be averted. Whether it is a monetary effort to protect the environment or a focus on green energy, we have the resources we need to make the environment healthier and more sustainable.
Changes like this take time; We may not see an effect right away, but we can get started. Over time, the positive changes we make can accumulate and make a bigger difference.
We saw something similar on a smaller scale during the lockdowns, which led many to stay at home. According to NBC, global CO2 emissions fell by a record 7 percent in 2020 compared to the previous year.
Wildlife and plants returned to places normally occupied by humans, showing how resilient nature is, even in the face of extreme pollution, heavy use of natural resources, carbon emissions and more.
But it is also important that we take these concerns and the need for immediate action seriously. All too often, such topics gain momentum and become a trending topic for a few weeks or months, only to disappear again. According to Conservation.org, what makes this report stand out is its scope. Not only does it contain data from thousands of studies, but scientists from 195 countries had to agree on the data and what was outlined in the report, which shows an incredible consensus and underscores the scale of the problem. Given this urgency, it is important that we do not let this become just another issue that will pass. We may still have hope for the future, but time is running out in many ways.
It doesn’t have to mean that the future is bleak for ourselves and our environment, and it also means that nothing more can be done.