Can we adapt in time?

By Don McLean on Wednesday 17 October 2018

Everybody in the world should be made to read the recent special report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

‘Global Warming of 1.5°C, an IPCC special report on the impacts of global warming of 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels and related global greenhouse gas emission pathways, in the context of strengthening the global response to the threat of climate change, sustainable development, and efforts to eradicate poverty.’

It might be a long and complex title but this is not fake news.  

Today with only 1°C rise in global temperature we have seen many deaths so far this year from extreme flooding, hurricanes and high temperatures.  Ice is melting at the poles which will lead to an impact on low-lying islands and coast areas.  Droughts and famine continue to kill, and what will happen when wars start because of food, water and migration?   

So at what point will these deaths provoke action?

Will it take so long that we become some form of dystopian society and need to start to rebuild from there?

So what is the report saying?  Many species on earth are under threat due to our lack of care of a finite resource – The Earth.

However, don’t worry the Earth is not under threat – it has been both hotter and colder and it will recover!  However, homosapiens are one of the many current species that might not survive.

The opening line of the press release regarding the report says, ‘Limiting global warming to 1.5ºC would require rapid, far reaching and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society’

Can we adapt in time?  

I have read Government reports from around the world talking about what they have achieved in terms of energy reduction. But CO2 emissions are not reducing – so whatever we are doing, we are not doing it well, or fast enough. 

So how will we respond to this report both individually and collectively?  Read it, say ‘yes’ we need to do something, and forget about it until the next report is issued in a couple of year’s? This is not an option if we want to stop climate change from wiping out our future generations. We must act now.

To everyone who is trying to do something about this global problem – I respect you and wish you luck.  

To the people who could do something, but are doing nothing – on behalf of the billions of humans and different species who can do nothing to stop climate change but will probably suffer the most - shame on you!

This is not a problem that will go away, it is not something you can ignore. Dig deep, think about what you can do, however big or small, and #pushforchange.

Coincidentally, this week is the first Green GB week, an initiative introduced by the UK Government to promote clean growth and tackling climate change. This is one way you can get involved and pledge your commitment to take action. Another is by setting an emissions reduction target via Science Based Targets.

If we really look and think about it, there are many ways that each and everyone of us can do something. What action will you take?