The climate emergency is here. Our time is up!
According to Climate Change 2022: Mitigation of Climate Change Report, which was released on Monday 4th Apr, if urgent action is not taken, humanity will fail to limit warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius, the threshold for a future of more fires, drought, storms, and more. At their presently rising levels, however, greenhouse gas emissions are likely to create twice as much warming: approximately 3.2°C by 2100.
We read & heard in the last few years that many countries have implemented policies that have enhanced energy efficiency, reduced rates of deforestation, or accelerated the deployment of clean energy technology. Others have pledged reductions in emissions under the Paris Agreement. However, many countries’ targets are not ambitious enough, while other countries have promised to reduce their emissions significantly but show no signs of taking the necessary actions.
Cities are driving the human-caused climate change that threatens the global environment, but this is just a small portion of the solutions. Nevertheless, great to see many cities around the globe have taken action already. Mexico City has banned plastic bags. Minneapolis, Minnesota, eliminated zoning for single-family homes to promote density. Paris has outlawed diesel cars. Singapore announced Green Plan 2030.
More and more companies pledged their commitments to be more sustainable, which is great to see! This is why it’s important to include sustainability as part of the corporate strategies. Often, companies that speak of being sustainable are lacking when it comes to implementation. One of the reasons I believe this is happening is because the top management are not as engaged as they should be with their sustainability strategies.
But what can ‘WE’ do to contribute into all these? May be start with living in a more sustainable lifestyle? So many articles and information out there with great suggestions: be water wise, save energy, drive less – drive green, go plastic free, use eco-friendly cleaning products, reduce-reuse-recycle, don’t waste food!, wear sustainable clothing, and donate unused items.
“It’s now or never, if we want to limit global warming to 1.5°C (2.7°F); without immediate and deep emissions reductions across all sectors, it will be impossible,” said Jim Skea, Co-Chair of IPCC Working Group III “Some government and business leaders are saying one thing—but doing another,” said United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in response to the report’s release. “Simply put, they are lying. And the results will be catastrophic.”