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International Day of Climate Action - We Have a Deadline to Meet

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by: Ariana M
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Earlier this month we were hit by a terrifying report – according to United Nations' IPCC(Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change), we have only 12 years to limit climate change catastrophe.We already know that change is happening (as evidenced by Antarctica's ices melting at alarming rates), but it’s the first time the deadline for taking action is set so soon. The report has attracted a lot of attention from the media – but this attention was short-lived and the headlines dedicated to issue have all but disappeared. The deadline set by the report makes spreading awareness of causes of and solutions to climate change more crucial than ever, which is why we want to keep this conversation going.

International Day of Climate Action, celebrated every year on October 24th, is the perfect opportunity to look at some of the most pressing issues we are facing today and learn how we can make a difference.

Turning up the heat on climate action

Most climate scientists agree that human activity is the biggest contributor to climate change that has occurred in the past few decades. The greenhouse effect is a natural process that allows our planet to maintain its temperature, but it relies on a careful balance of greenhouse gases to keep that temperature at a comfortable level. However, some human activities release an excess of those gases and upset that balance, resulting in the global warming that we are experiencing today.

Electricity and heat production is the single largest source of greenhouse gas emissions. In 2016 80% of total world energy came from fossil fuels and only 5% was generated by renewable sources. Burning fossil fuels for energy accounts for 25% of all greenhouse gases released every year and this is a clear sign that change is needed. Wind power is currently the fastest growing energy source, with many countries investing in it in a bid to produce more energy domestically and become more sustainable. Another promising alternative to fossil fuels is harvesting the energy produced by trash incineration, which makes waste management both more efficient and eco-friendly. While change is already underway, it will take a while before renewable energy can displace fossil fuels, so reducing your energy consumption and voting for green energy initiatives is a simple way you can contribute to slowing down global warming.

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Another major contributor to greenhouse gas emissions is the agricultural sector. Meat production is a significant part of the problem – it is estimated that producing one kilogramme of bovine meat requires 200 kilos of CO2 emissions.Farm animals require a large amount of feed(some sources suggest that 95% of world’s soy production is consumed by farm animals), producing which also contributes to CO2 emissions. While switching to a vegan diet might not be for everyone, skipping one or two meat-filled dinners a week is certainly worth considering for the sake of our future. 

Agricultural sector not only emits greenhouse gases though cultivation of crops and livestock, but it also prevents CO2 removal by being a major contributor to deforestation. Trees are nature’s carbon dioxide absorbers and play a crucial role in maintaining the aforementioned balance of greenhouse gases. Deforestation undermines this function and can inflict serious damage to our environment if not regulated properly. You can read more about the negative impacts of deforestation in our piece about Australia’s National Tree Day.

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In 2010, transportation accounted for about 14% of global greenhouse gas emissions. Many European countries and individual cities are now imposing restrictions on older cars as they are less efficient and are a major contributor to pollution. Currently, 95% of world’s transportation energy comes from petroleum-based fuels and many companies and research teams are working on developing more eco-friendly alternatives, such as hydrogen fuel and of course electric transport.Re-thinking our daily commute is a great first step towards making a difference. If you’re interested in the future of sustainable transport or want to know what options are out there today, be sure to check out this article

Take a step in the right direction

Avoiding climate change catastrophe isn’t a one-person job, but you can still play a key role in it. It is our responsibility as a global community to inspire and support change and we should lead by example. Taking action is easy: start by challenging yourself to having your own zero emissions day by reading our guide here (and you certainly don’t have to wait until the next September 21st!).

Do you agree with IPCC’s timeline? What do you think our governments should focus their efforts on to slow down climate change? Let us know in the comments!

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International Day of Climate Action - We Have a Deadline to Meet

Earlier this month we were hit by a terrifying report – according to United Nations' IPCC(Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change), we have only 12 years to limit climate change catastrophe.We already know that change is happening (as evidenced by Antarctica's ices melting at alarming rates ), but it’s the first time the deadline for taking action is set so soon. The report has attracted a lot of attention from the media – but this attention was short-lived and the headlines dedicated to issue have all but disappeared. The deadline set by the report makes spreading awareness of causes of and solutions to climate change more crucial than ever, which is why we want to keep this conversation going. International Day of Climate Action, celebrated every year on October 24 th , is the perfect opportunity to look at some of the most pressing issues we are facing today and learn how we can make a difference. Turning up the heat on climate action Most climate scientists agree that human activity is the biggest contributor to climate change that has occurred in the past few decades. The greenhouse effect is a natural process that allows our planet to maintain its temperature, but it relies on a careful balance of greenhouse gases to keep that temperature at a comfortable level. However, some human activities release an excess of those gases and upset that balance, resulting in the global warming that we are experiencing today. Electricity and heat production is the single largest source of greenhouse gas emissions. In 2016 80% of total world energy came from fossil fuels and only 5% was generated by renewable sources. Burning fossil fuels for energy accounts for 25% of all greenhouse gases released every year and this is a clear sign that change is needed. Wind power is currently the fastest growing energy source , with many countries investing in it in a bid to produce more energy domestically and become more sustainable. Another promising alternative to fossil fuels is harvesting the energy produced by trash incineration, which makes waste management both more efficient and eco-friendly. While change is already underway, it will take a while before renewable energy can displace fossil fuels, so reducing your energy consumption and voting for green energy initiatives is a simple way you can contribute to slowing down global warming. Image by Vidar Nordli-Mathisen for Unsplash Another major contributor to greenhouse gas emissions is the agricultural sector. Meat production is a significant part of the problem – it is estimated that producing one kilogramme of bovine meat requires 200 kilos of CO2 emissions .Farm animals require a large amount of feed(some sources suggest that 95% of world’s soy production is consumed by farm animals), producing which also contributes to CO2 emissions. While switching to a vegan diet might not be for everyone, skipping one or two meat-filled dinners a week is certainly worth considering for the sake of our future.  Agricultural sector not only emits greenhouse gases though cultivation of crops and livestock, but it also prevents CO2 removal by being a major contributor to deforestation. Trees are nature’s carbon dioxide absorbers and play a crucial role in maintaining the aforementioned balance of greenhouse gases. Deforestation undermines this function and can inflict serious damage to our environment if not regulated properly. You can read more about the negative impacts of deforestation in our piece about Australia’s National Tree Day . Image by StockSnap for Pixabay In 2010, transportation accounted for about 14% of global greenhouse gas emissions. Many European countries and individual cities are now imposing restrictions on older cars as they are less efficient and are a major contributor to pollution. Currently, 95% of world’s transportation energy comes from petroleum-based fuels and many companies and research teams are working on developing more eco-friendly alternatives, such as hydrogen fuel and of course electric transport.Re-thinking our daily commute is a great first step towards making a difference. If you’re interested in the future of sustainable transport or want to know what options are out there today, be sure to check out this article .  Take a step in the right direction Avoiding climate change catastrophe isn’t a one-person job, but you can still play a key role in it. It is our responsibility as a global community to inspire and support change and we should lead by example. Taking action is easy: start by challenging yourself to having your own zero emissions day by reading our guide here (and you certainly don’t have to wait until the next September 21 st !). Do you agree with IPCC’s timeline? What do you think our governments should focus their efforts on to slow down climate change? Let us know in the comments! https://www.whatsorb.com/category/climate