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Effects & Actions

Climate change effects

Our economy, health, and communities are all being affected by climate change in different ways. Scientists warn that the consequences might be devastating if we are unable to avert the 1.5°C temperature rise.

In order to develop a scientific understanding of the effects of global warming as temperatures rise by 1.5°C or more, the IPCC produced its 1.5°C global warming report. The following are simply the most crucial of these:
Ocean and sea levels are rising as a result of glaciers melting and water expanding at warmer temperatures.
hurricanes, floods, droughts, and other extreme weather occurrences are becoming more intense and frequent.
Due to the decrease of water supplies, certain areas are becoming desertified, and agriculture yields are declining. This can exacerbate already-existing disputes by raising tensions in the region.
threats posed by less dependable and unexpected seasonal changes to long-term crop planning and food supplies in general.
decreased fishing catch rates and coral reef devastation as a result of the world’s waters becoming more acidic.
loss of biodiversity, vital ecosystems, and species because of an inability to adapt to the fast changing environment.
changes to some species’ geographic ranges.
Increased transmission of diseases like malaria and dengue fever because their mosquito carriers may persist across vast distances.
People’s hesitation to take action was assumed to be caused by the cost of combating climate change. These expenses, meanwhile, pale in comparison to the effects of global warming on the economy. Everyone loses as a result of climate change. Our best course of action is to stop it!

Mandatory action

We only have 12 years, according to the IPCC Special Report on Global Warming, to keep the average temperature increase to 1.5°C (see section C.1 in the summary for policymakers). This actually means that starting right now, greenhouse gas emissions must be dramatically cut.

Thankfully, there are plenty of chances to do so. Our unsustainable lifestyles and large carbon footprint are the key issues. Therefore, in order to change the situation, people must adopt more sustainable practices.

Changing to green energy is the first easy step. Today, the creation of heat and electricity, as well as the operations of other closely associated industries, results in 31% of greenhouse emissions. Fighting climate change requires using clean energy in your home and place of business. A nonprofit organization called ECOenergy encourages the use of energy whose production complies strictly with the standards of sustainable development. By selecting energy with an ECO energy label, you may aid in the energy shift. Regardless of the nation you reside in, you can get in touch with your energy provider or look through the list of providers who have already partnered with ECO energy.

What actions can you take to stop climate change?

Reduced meat intake and air travel are two easy methods to dramatically lower the carbon footprint of humans. Here are some other suggestions for lowering your carbon footprint: By setting a good example, you can support local environmental and green party authorities. Your energy efficiency should be increased as much as feasible. Purchase ECO energy-labeled renewable gas, electricity, and other energy goods. Consider the methods used in the manufacture of the things you use every day. Consider vegan, vegetarian, and eco-friendly options and goods. Holidays should be taken closer to home to minimize flying. Choose reusable materials rather than ones that have a single usage. Your waste should be recycled if reuse is not an option. If possible, commute by public transportation, carpool, or bicycle. Consider the process used to make your clothing, and choose brands that emphasize sustainability. Join regional activist groups like Extinction Rebellion or #FridaysForFuture. Start your own group if there aren't any in your area. You can't avoid carbon emissions, therefore you should offset them. Be proactive, discuss climate change, and spread knowledge on how to live sustainably.