Global warming is making our climate change. Rising temperatures are causing more extreme and destructive typhoons, hurricanes, floods, heatwaves, droughts and wildfires. These extreme conditions are destroying homes and agriculture, spreading disease and preventing people from accessing clean water. Climate change is making our world uninhabitable and we must act now to limit the damage.
Temperatures are rising
- 2011-2020 was the warmest decade on record
- 19 of the 20 warmest years on record have been recorded since 2001
- September 2020 was the warmest on record
- The 10 warmest Septembers have all occurred since 2005
- Global average temperature increased by 1.1°C since the pre industrial period
- A 1.5°C increase is considered an unacceptable risk that would cause irreversible damage to our ecosystems and the habitability of our planet.
Creating an inhospitable planet
- Two-thirds of the world’s large cities are at risk of sea level rise
- The intensity and burn area of wildfires has increased
- Tropical diseases are surviving better and spreading further in warmer oceans
- We are in the sixth mass extinction and it is human made
- Loss of biodiversity threatens valuable ecosystem services and human wellbeing
- Global warming continues to widen the gap between the world’s richest and poorest
We must act before it’s too late
Time is running out. There is a clear consensus that the next few years are critical if we are to stop the worst effects of global warming. The changes we make will take time to take effect so we must act decisively now. (If we stopped emitting greenhouse gases today, it would take several decades, if not centuries, for the earth to respond.)
But is it really for UK ELT, a sector of small and medium businesses, to take on this huge, global problem? If you are not convinced, please read: Why should you care?
- Climate Reality Project
- The Consensus Project
- IPCC Special Report: “Global Warming of 1.5°C” summary for teachers
- Green Facts website
- NASA climate
- What we want to do is save humanity from extinction – lecture by behavioural neuroscientist for Extinction Rebellion
- The Guardian newspaper’s global heating – the facts
- Do we really have 12 years to save the planet?