A new climate report places the entirety of human civilization in dire straits, warning that climate change could bring about the end of civilization as we know it within three decades.
The report, conducted by Breakthrough, an Australian climate think tank, was released earlier this week with the support of former Australian Naval Commander Chris Barrie. Within, it describes the existential threat and scenarios that climate change poses to civilization if it follows its current trajectory for the next several decades.
It predicts that by 2050, more than half of the world’s population faces 20 lethal heat per year, global crop yields will drop by a fifth, the Amazon ecosystem will collapse, the Arctic will become ice-free in summer, and sea levels will have risen by 0.5 meters (they rose by 0.19 meters over the 20th century). In the worst case scenario, “the scale of destruction is beyond our capacity to model, with a high likelihood of human civilization coming to an end.”
And that isn’t all that the report hypothesizes. It includes various other examples and threats that we could realistically face in the near future if we do not commit to sustainable environmental progress and advances.
With this possible future in mind though, we cannot fall back into a state of hopelessness, but begin to engage anew in reversing the climate trend. We have already seen increasing support for extensive governmental response to the climate threat. Whether it be the School strike for climate, or Rise For Climate, there are millions, if not billions of the world’s population that want to see change that secures a safe planet and future.
If we wait too long to act, we will pass the point of no return, an ecological tipping point, where we will no longer be able to turn back the clock on dangerous climate conditions. We already have the Paris Accord, but when some of the biggest contributors to the climate threats withdraw, it does not present a hopeful future.
Whether it is voting in climate-focused politicians, or engaging in demonstrations, the people of the world, and even more the United States, have an essential role in forming the future of the climate agenda. So, take this responsibility to heart, and go out to fight for our future.
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