The Climate Crisis
Climate change is the defining crisis of our time and it is happening even more quickly than we feared. No corner of the globe is immune from the devastating consequences of climate change. Rising temperatures are fueling environmental degradation, natural disasters, weather extremes, food and water insecurity, economic disruption, conflict, and terrorism. Sea levels are rising, the Arctic is melting, coral reefs are dying, oceans are acidifying, and forests are burning.Billions of tons of CO2 is released into the atmosphere every year as a result of coal, oil, and gas production. The global temperatures have increased 2.1 Degrees Fahrenheit since 1880.
Carbon Dioxide levels
Carbon dioxide levels in the air at highest in 650000 years. Carbon dioxide is a major greenhouse gas and due to rapid urbanization and industrialisation in past decades have led to high emissions and rising temperature.
Global temperature rise
The temperature has been rising year by year due to heat captured by greenhouse gases. The global average temperature has risen by 2.1°F since 1880. In the past 20 years, we have witnessed the 19 warmest years in human history.
Rising temperatures have triggered ice melting in polar regions 429 billion tonnes per year) leading to a huge reduction in ice volume. The arctic pole is losing 13% of its ice every decade. The arctic has lost 95% of its oldest and thickest ice.
"At the backdrop of the climate crisis is a humanity crisis because it literally impacts everything and everyone. The deadline is intimidating but it represents the necessary urgency for action and mass behavioral change."