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Climate Change is a real and present danger.
Some politicians are raising concerns about the burden of debt governments will carry as a result of the pandemic. They are strangely unconcerned about the debt that their generation and the developed economies are bequeathing to three children and future generations in greenhouse gas emissions.
In October 2020 the Pew Research Center reported that Many globally are as concerned about climate change as about the spread of infectious diseases. A median of 70% across 14 countries surveyed over the summer said climate change is a major threat to their country. A similar median, 69%, say the same of the spread of infectious diseases.
"Fairy tales of eternal economic growth" In September 2019 Greta Thunberg made a passionate speech to world leaders at the UN, accusing them of failing to act on climate change. "This is all wrong. I shouldn't be up here. I should be back in school on the other side of the ocean, yet you all come to us young people for hope. How dare you?" "You have stolen my dreams and my childhood with your empty words,"
There have been suggestions of a temporary halt or downturn in greenhouse gas emissions during the Covid-19 pandemic. The longest continuous data set on emissions is the one reported from the Mauna Loa Observatory on Hawaii www.esrl.noaa.gov/gmd/ccgg/trends/
This animated climate spiral is a different way to show the historically observed changes and resonates with a broad audience.
The graphics are regularly updated and can be downloaded here.
We are close to going beyond the 1.5ºC we hoped to avoid.
We have talked about climate change in ways that obscure the real impacts it has on us, and people like us,around the world
Canada's National Observer December 12 2019
IDMC’s Global Report on Internal Displacement
20 August 202o Climate change: 'Unprecedented' ice loss as Greenland breaks record more