By: Sofia Rodriguez
The world is changing for the worse at an astronomical rate, and it’s up to the UN to try and save it.
In early October, INCHEON, South Korea was presented to the United Nation’s Scientific panel. The panel presented issues with the unknown acceleration of climate change and how it can have issues in the present. Bill Hare, a previous author of IPCC reports, states that the data “is quite a shock and quite concerning. We were not aware of this just a few years ago.” This not only shows our ignorance and denial of the gravity of the situation but also poses an imminent threat. According to their calculations, if climate change keeps accelerating at this rate, by the year 2040, the temperature globally will have raised (#RaiseTheRoof) 1.5C (2.7F) [#MetricSystemAllTheWay] at a minimum. Greenhouse gas emissions alone, increasing at this rate, can raise it to this temperature, which doesn’t even account for the amount of damage we make with trash piling up in landfills and microplastics. Even increasing the global temperature by .5C is damaging to entire ecosystems.
Political and Economic Impacts
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (#IPCC_FTW) then came out with a report that stated that we need to make a global effort to fix this because in a little over a decade, the world will not be what it is today. At this point, it is not only an environmental issue. If the global temperature increases, not only will we be fueling wildfires and destroying the coral reef, but we will be, in turn, enabling global poverty and droughts by making resources less available. This could, in turn, impact international relations through refugee crises from resource shortages. We need to #SaveTheRefugees and the reefs by decreasing our carbon footprint.
The Actions of the UN
The UN has to acknowledge that there are some things that we cannot stop, despite our efforts. The UN’s main efforts are going to go not to reversal, which is costly and timely, but prevention. They must make sure that the global temperature increase does not exceed 2C. The new policy will also give money to some reversal efforts as well, but it will not be their main concerns due to cost and timeliness because #MoneyDontGrowOnTrees.
But as of know, it’s a race against the clock to save our planet, and our lives are at stake. Our fate is sealed in the decisions and actions of the UN. For more information please go to http://www.un.org/en/sections/issues-depth/climate-change/
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