I got a question….about our climate that was once quite stable
“Are you taking urgent action to tackle climate change and its impacts?”
The work you are doing
The means you use to get your work done
How long it takes you to get your work done
All of this counts and so much more of the tiny little things
Your action matters because climate change is caused by human activities and is threatening the way we live and the future of our planet!
By addressing climate change, we can build a sustainable world for everyone. But we need to act now. Remember, there’s no PLANET “B” that we shall run to, in the meantime, as we “try to fix our mess” on planet earth or “PLANET A”!
If you must ask, climate-change is affecting everyone, even as we speak.
Severe weather and rising sea levels are affecting people and their property in developed and developing countries. From a small farmer in the Philippines to a businessman in London to a sports personality on the track now, climate change is affecting everyone, especially the poor and vulnerable, as well as marginalized groups like women, children, and the elderly. Think about it for a second.
I hope you still remember how “hot” 2017 and 2016 were, in comparison with the last 50 years, all over the world, huh
If we don’t do something urgently and now, climate change will undo a lot of the progress we’ve made over the past years in development. It can also speed up, as we are already seeing, current threats such as food and water scarcity, which can lead to conflict.
Doing nothing will end up costing us a lot more than if we take actions now that will lead to more jobs, greater prosperity, and better lives for all while reducing greenhouse gas emissions and building climate resilience.
Is it too late for us to “do something”?
The answer is no. It’s not too late. We can definitely address climate change, but we have to vastly increase our efforts.
The world must transform its energy, industry, transport, food, agriculture and forestry systems to ensure that we can limit global temperature rise to well below 2 degrees, maybe even 1.5.
We also need to look to the future and be able to anticipate, adapt and become resilient to the current and future impacts of climate change.
In December 2015, the world took a significant first step by adopting the very famous Paris Agreement, in which all countries committed to take action to address climate change. Many businesses and investors are also committing themselves to lower their emissions through the Climate Action Agenda—an effort born at the 2014 Climate Summit in New York to bring governments, businesses and civil society together to embark on new initiatives that promote climate action.
Let’s try so much not to think about it is not in terms of how expensive it will be, but how much we need to invest and what investment opportunities there are to address climate change.
In total, the public- and private-sector investment in clean energy needs to reach at least US$1 trillion per year by 2030, and more to build climate resilience! Allow that sum to sink in for a second….
This sounds like a lot is A LOT OF MONEY! Consider that of the US$1.6 trillion invested in the global energy supply in 2013, nearly 70% was related to fossil fuels, for example.
What’s more is that the estimated costs of reducing on the possible damage do not account for the benefits of reduced climate change.
Investments of only $6 billion disaster risk reduction over the next 15 years would result in total benefits of the $360 billion in terms of avoided losses over the lifetime of the investment.
Aaahhhh…if you love your numbers, there you go!
By acting now, we save lives, money, and avoid setbacks in the progress we have achieved to date.
How about you planting a tree today? How about recycling more of what you have consumed? How about making that sacrifice today, for the inhabitants of planet earth?