Can you imagine a future where children don’t know what seasons are and can’t eat our favourite fruits? Can you imagine polar bears, dolphins and birds as mere memories in museum exhibits? Everything that we take for granted – that is part of a chain ensuring our present and our future – is under threat. The recent pandemic made it glaringly and tragically obvious that humanity has to come together to respond to the major challenges we are all facing , and the climate crisis is definitely one of them. In a rapidly changing world, we need to respond to a climate and environmental crisis that is threatening not only human activities and health, but also ecosystems the world over, from the forests of Siberia and the Arctic to coral reefs, the forests of Australia, the Mediterranean and Greece.
I want you to feel the fear I feel every day. And then I want you to act. I want you to act as you would in a crisis. I want you to act as if our house is on fire. Because it is.- Greta Thunberg, activist
2019 was the second-warmest year on record, and July was the warmest month of all time. The overheating of the Earth was perceptible in every corner of the planet that faced extreme natural disasters. With the scientific data now irrefutable and the climate-crisis scenarios worsening day by day, we hold the fate of our future in our hands. Our generation knows how to alter course and ensure we thrive, through the battles we must wage for nature and our health and security.
Arctic sea ice set the second lowest drop record.
Only in the first half of 2020, record temperatures were recorded with the temperature being 5oC higher than the regional average.
CO2 concentration was the highest recorded in human history and probably the highest in the last 3 million years
The forested areas that burn annually will increase by 41%
Extreme heatwaves that normally occur once every twenty years will increase by 173%
Heavy rainfall will increase by 10%
A 62% increase in forested areas burning annually
A 478% increase in extreme heatwaves
A 21% increase in heavy rainfall
It is no longer up to future generation to fight climate crisis. Our generation must fight this battle. There is no more time to waste on ineffective policies. We now have the means, the knowledge, the technology and the human resources to take decisive action. Averting the climate crisis is not a struggle we can win on our own. We need everyone’s support.