The world’s leading authority on climate change, the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, has told the world the climate is dangerously close to a tipping point that would lead to climate chaos and that human activities – primarily burning fossil fuels and deforestation – are to blame.
With deadly and record-breaking forest fires, heat waves, floods and droughts occurring around the world and here at home, too many of us are experiencing the devastating effects of increasingly extreme weather. This report’s “code red for humanity” is reaching an already weary audience.
Fortunately, the IPCC report also shows that changing course is still within our power. The severity of climate change impacts is not a matter of chance. They will be determined by the choices we make now – all of us, every community, every country, every sector.
Action is the antidote to despair.
How should we as individuals respond to a climate “code red”? Here are seven suggestions for you to consider.
There is so much work ahead, and as always, we must take it on together. Already, your demonstration of concern and care is an important step in that direction.