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Why are people and organisations declaring a climate emergency?

People

What follows are the main reasons why the climate emergency movement is bursting into mainstream.

Awareness is the first point of taking action. 

I am a firm believer that everyone is on their own journey of awareness.

By making people feel guilty it stops them becoming aware.

By slamming them with info it stops them becoming aware.

So in the following article we have just picked out the biggest threat articles. 

The following makes for depressing reading but remember we have the technology and power to be able to fix this problem. (We summarise this here)

"We need action, not hope on fighting Climate Change.” These words, spoken by 16-year-old climate activist Greta Thunberg, are resonating around the world.

Who has declared a climate emergency?

Many Municipal Councils have declared.  There is a full list here.
 
Has your organisation declared. Get info here.

 
The UN gives us a 12 year warning!
 
The UN is a very very conservative organisation, made up of very very conservative scientists (on the IPPC panel).
 
They say we have 12 years to limit climate change and avert disaster. 
 

 
Re write the map! Say bye bye to some rather large coastal cities
 
The UN says we are on track for a 3 degree rise which means the following will be submerged: Rio, Shanghai, Miami, Osaka, The Hague, Alexandria. That is just the cities but it will impact all coastlines and low lying areas. Here is a detailed article with reference to the report.
 
If all the ice melts: Here is a new map of the world.
 
 
 
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140 million migrants by 2050.
 
In a report from the world bank it is estimated that due to climate change an ADDITIONAL 140 million will be on the move (on top of the usual migration related to other factors).
 
Migration issues are fuelling most politics at . the moment. 
 
So if you think you have seen migration issues thus far...you have seen nothing yet.
 
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England to run short of water within 25 years
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We have many overseas readers and they will be surprised as residents to hear this one!
 
England is set to run short of water within just 25 years, the chief executive of the Environment Agency has warned. Sir James Bevan has said that the country is facing the ‘‘jaws of death” where water demand from the country’s rising population surpasses the falling supply resulting from climate change. However, this can be avoided with ambitious action to cut people’s water use by a third and leakage from water company pipes by 50 per cent.
 


Bug extinction within a century
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Two-fifths of the world’s insect species may disappear over the next few decades, and we could be looking at a world without any insects at all within a century. The warning was issued in a global review of insect declines, in which the authors called for a dramatic rethinking of agricultural practices and better strategies for cleaning polluted waters.
 
If there's no insects who is going to pollinate our fresh plant food? 
 

 
The rapid decline of the natural world
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Nature is in freefall and our planet’s support systems are so stretched that we face widespread species extinctions and mass human migration unless urgent action is taken. That’s the stark warning hundreds of scientists are preparing to give, with a three-year UN-backed study. The final report is intended to help politicians, businesses and the public become more aware of the trends shaping life on Earth, and show us how to better protect nature.


 
Only 60 harvests left due to soil erosion and pesticides
 
A report in from the UN says there are only 60 years of food growing left due to the fact that vitamins and minerals have been leached from the soil due to bad farming practice. Read more here.
 
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The Uninhabitable Earth
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David Wallace-Wells’ book is a brutal read, painting a very real picture of our not-too-distant future. A future filled with famines, political chaos, economic collapse, fierce resource competition, and a sun that “cooks us.”
 
The eye-popping statistics and alarming facts are enough to shake anyone out of complacency and the book isn’t without its hopeful notes. As Wallace-Wells points out, we already have all the tools we need to avoid the worst of what is to come. 


 
Depressed yet?!
 
You should be.
 
Let that feeling marinade.
 
Then decide what you are going to do.
 

 
And then remember as Emile Baliozian said over on Linkedin. 
 
The IPCC tells us we have approx. 12 years to dramatically cut emissions and avoid irreversible damage to our environment.
 
That’s a long time!
 
About twice as long as WWII, two-and-a-half times as long as WWI, 4 times as long as The Korean War.
 
It even took 8.5 years from idea to execution to land on the moon.
 

We hope you’ve found this collection of reports and stories useful and informative. Now, why not check out our tools and tips on taking action and getting involved with the climate emergency movement? 

About the Author..

Jennifer Clair Robson

Jennifer Clair Robson

Newsletter and blogging for Warp It because climate change, sustainability and the environment are issues close to my heart.

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