As we step into the next decade we are going to need to make some very tough and brave choices related to how the economy works, our own consumption and how we live on our only home, earth.
To make those choices we need to be informed. So I have collated the data that should help you understand everything at play.
As a starting point it is CRUCIAL to be clear of this fact: We, by burning fossil fuels (coal, gas & oil,) are causing life-threatening global warming, currently on a trajectory to increase the global temperature by 3.2°C - which will have CATASTROPHIC consequences to every living thing on earth.
This conclusion - that we are causing the warming - is reached from a review of 21 years worth of peer-reviewed scientific papers (12,465) on “global warming” or “global climate change.” The review of this data identified over 4,014 abstracts authored by 10,188 scientists that stated a position on human-caused global warming. Among those 4,014 abstracts, 97.1% endorse the consensus that humans are causing the warming we are experiencing. Among the 10,188 scientists, 98.4% endorse the same consensus. (See the research here: Quantifying the consensus on anthropogenic global warming in the scientific literatures)
THE LATEST SCIENCE
Here are the latest, 2019 peer-reviewed scientific papers outlining our predicament:
WHAT NEEDS TO HAPPEN 2020 — 2030
Based on the above science there is only ONE WAY to avert a global, life-threatening disaster.
🛢️ WE HAVE TO *RAPIDLY* DECARBONIZE OUR ECONOMY IN THE NEXT 10 YEARS
Every Government is going to need to take steps to do so
Every Business is going to need to take steps to do so
Every Individual is going to need to take steps to do so
Here is what all three groups above need to do as a matter of urgency:
🌍 Become Climate Conscious
👩🏻🎓Become Carbon Literate (see above papers)
🗳️Vote for change (De-carbonized energy)
🌱Switch to plant-based diets
🚘Drive less or not at all (switch to EV where possible)
☀️Switch to renewable electrical energy
✈️Fly less or not at all (the worst transport choice)
What will your business look like de-carbonized? What will our day-to-day lives look like?
These questions need answering and the sooner the better.