- Bette Holland, Dawsonville
Why we need climate action now!
The International Panel on Climate Change has been studying the effects Climate change will have on our planet since 1988. They have produced 4 carefully researched studies which have been warning us about what will happen to our planet should we heat up by 1.5, 2, 3, or more degrees centigrade. The Panel consists of 200 scientists from all over the world. The goal has always been that we must keep the warming of the planet to 1.5 degrees. But even a 1.5 degree heating will bring catastrophic climate events to our planet. You can easily see the effects of a 1 degree increase because of the events already happening. These scientists have determined that carbon emissions created by man are what is causing the planet to heat up and change our climate. We must slow this down! Or the study warns of “Code Red for Humanity”—or it is very possible that human can’t survive in the conditions that climate change will bring.
Unfortunately, we still have climate deniers that say that although the planet is warming it is natural. Or they say it can be stopped by capturing carbon dioxide and storing it. But slowing climate change is going to take an approach that contains many different solutions.
This is already happening:
The Greenland Ice pack has almost completely melted allowing methane gas to seep into our air.
Glaciers are melting faster than expected causing a more rapid rise in oceans.
Droughts are drying up our water resources and our forests. Rivers and reservoirs are drying up.
The heat is causing devastating wildfires destroying forests and cities and destroying food crops.
Storms like hurricane Ida and the tropical storm that devastated the Northeast will become more frequents and more devastating.
So, what are we going to do? We must work together!! But basically, we must work towards supplying energy for our world through renewable energy such as solar and wind, and we must be close to 100% renewable by 2050. We must do away with all coal plants and move to electric cars. We must stop using natural gas. We must personally take steps to cut carbon emission in our daily life. We must pass legislation that helps us move in that direction!!
Contact your Congressman and Senators and demand action!! And join in the fight by downloading our checklists that are linked on this website and by actually doing the things on the checklist. Join us at the events we have planned for the coming months, and join other environmental groups as they will focus on different things than we are. There will have to be some major changed in the world, but we can make those changes!!