A year ago, all climatologists, cosmologists, and the entire scientific fraternity could hardly have anticipated that a petite 16-year-old would become their greatest ally. Greta Thunberg, a Swede teen, has skillfully utilized her public appearance and somewhat influential social media presence to push for affirmative action towards reducing carbon emissions.
“Listen to the scientists!” Thunberg has been tweeting again and again!
So, what are these scientists saying?
These professionals have been warning the entire world about the severe effects of global warming. Research shows that the impact of climate change has been intensifying over the last three decades. However, over the past year, those warnings have intensified.
Detailed reports about massive economic, environmental, and human consequences of what is termed as ‘unfettered’ global warming have surfaced at a fast and furious pace.The deluge started in October 2018, with the release of a special report from the UN’s global climate science authority – the IPCC. The report outlined the potential effects of the 1.5 degree Celsius rise in global temperature.
Three international IPCC groups with 91 editors and authors from 40 different nations analyzed more than 6,000 scientific studies and recommended that global carbon dioxide emissions should be reduced before 2030. This could prevent the most severe impact of global warming.
The breakthrough moment
The release of the IPCC report offered a breakthrough moment in press coverage and public consciousness, with news headlines, countless soundbites, and images warning of a ’12-year’ deadline to address climate change catastrophe. This catchphrase was more alarming compared to the IPCC’s strong admonitions.
Sure, the planet will not explode in 2030. However, further delays in acting appropriately will make it more challenging to move to a low-carbon planet. So, don’t you think it’s time we listen to the scientists as Greta Thunberg says?
Climate change is real, and it’s causing a broad range of effects that virtually impact the entire world. The magnitude of the impact depends on our choices collectively and details as well. It is easy to focus on a particular region and its inhabitants – but the overall impact of climate change is felt globally. Indeed, it is one of the urgent issues facing humanity.
When carefully analyzed, the range of published evidence reveals that the overall damage of climate change is significant and likely to increase overtime. Scientists warn that the change is likely to continue through the 21st century and beyond. Do you realize the need to act fast and minimize carbon emissions as Thunberg and climate scientists have been pushing us to do?
Who’s Greta Thunberg?
Greta Thunberg is a 16-year-old Swede climate activist who has ignited a global youth movement with her Friday school strikes to advocate for action against carbon emissions. She has traveled across America and Europe, sending the same message – to unite behind science and act on the science.
She firmly believes that climate change is a crisis, and everyone must do all they can to spread awareness about it. According to Thunberg, if the current world leaders fail us, her generation will never forgive them!