Act Now on Climate Change

By Charles Knell

There are many compelling reasons to act on climate change.
Here are just a few:
  • Climate change is already having a significant and negative impact on the planet. Average global temperatures have risen by about 1.0°C (1.8°F) since the beginning of the Industrial Revolution, and this increase is having a range of impacts, including more frequent and severe heatwaves, droughts, and storms, as well as rising sea levels.
  • If we do nothing to address climate change, these impacts are likely to become much worse. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), a group of international scientists, estimates that if we do not significantly reduce our greenhouse gas emissions, global temperatures could rise by as much as 4.0°C (7.2°F) or more by the end of the century, leading to even more severe and widespread impacts.
  • We have the technology and know-how to address climate change. While it will not be easy, we have a range of options available to us, including improving energy efficiency, shifting to renewable energy sources, and adopting sustainable land use practices.
  • Acting on climate change is an opportunity to create jobs and boost economic growth. Transitioning to a low-carbon economy has the potential to generate significant economic benefits, including the creation of new jobs in industries such as renewable energy and energy efficiency.
  • We have a moral obligation to future generations to address climate change. The decisions we make today will have a profound impact on the quality of life of future generations. By taking action on climate change, we can help ensure that they inherit a healthy & sustainable planet.
There are many companies working on solutions to address climate change. Here are a few examples:
  • Renewable energy companies: These companies develop and produce clean, renewable energy sources such as solar panels, wind turbines, and hydroelectric power. Examples include First Solar, Vestas, and Hydro Quebec.
  • Energy efficiency companies: These companies develop and sell products and services that help people and businesses use energy more efficiently, such as LED light bulbs, energy-efficient appliances, and insulation. Examples include Nest, Philips, and Owens Corning.
  • Sustainable transportation companies: These companies develop and produce vehicles and transportation systems that have a lower environmental impact, such as electric vehicles, public transportation systems, and bike-sharing programs. Examples include Tesla, BYD, and Citi Bike.
  • Sustainable agriculture and forestry companies: These companies develop and implement sustainable practices in agriculture and forestry, such as using cover crops and conservation tillage to reduce soil erosion and carbon emissions, and planting trees to absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. Examples include Danone, Unilever, and The Nature Conservancy.
  • Climate technology companies: These companies develop and sell technologies that help mitigate or adapt to the impacts of climate change, such as carbon capture and storage systems, flood control infrastructure, and drought-resistant crops. Examples include Carbon Clean Solutions, Arcadis, and Syngenta.
not everyone concurs that we must take action on climate change.
  • One possible explanation is that some individuals may not believe that climate change is occurring, or that human activity is a primary cause.
  • Another reason could be that certain people feel the costs of addressing climate change outweigh the benefits. They might argue that the measures required to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, such as switching to renewable energy sources or implementing regulations on industry, would be too expensive or disruptive to the economy.
  • Additionally, there may be ideological or political objections to taking action on climate change, seen as an infringement on individual freedom or government overreach.
  • Some people may prioritize other issues or simply be unaware of the issue or the potential impacts of climate change.

There is a strong scientific consensus that climate change is real and is caused by human activities. The evidence for this consensus can be seen in the warming of the Earth’s surface, the melting of glaciers and ice caps, and the rising sea levels. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), a group of scientists who study climate change, has concluded that it is “extremely likely” that human activities, such as the burning of fossil fuels and deforestation, are the main cause of climate change.

It is important to recognize that climate change is a complex issue and there may be legitimate differences of opinion about the best ways to address it. However, the evidence for the reality of climate change is strong, and it is important for individuals and societies to take action to mitigate the negative impacts of this phenomenon

There are many benefits to addressing climate change, including reducing the negative impacts of global warming, preserving natural resources, and improving public health. For example, reducing carbon emissions can help mitigate the effects of sea level rise, which can damage coastal communities and ecosystems. It can also help reduce the severity and frequency of heatwaves, which can have negative impacts on human health, particularly for vulnerable populations such as the elderly and those with pre-existing medical conditions. Additionally, transitioning to renewable energy sources can create new jobs and stimulate economic growth, while also reducing our reliance on fossil fuels, which can help reduce air pollution and protect natural resources such as water and soil. In the long term, the costs of addressing climate change are likely to be outweighed by the benefits, as taking action to mitigate climate change now can help avoid more costly & catastrophic impacts in the future.