A lake has been discovered at a height of about 11,000ft in the Alps, glaciers around the world are disappearing, deserts are experiencing snowfalls and heat waves and forest fires are becoming the new norm. “Our house is on fire,” said 16-year old climate activist Greta Thunberg at Davos 2019, and this “fire” has indeed blown out of proportion.
Though the earth’s climate is constantly changing, between January through June 2019, the average global temperature was 0.95°C above the 20th-century average. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) warned that to keep the rise of global temperatures below 1.5C, carbon dioxide emissions would have to be cut by 45% by 2030.
Countries like the UK, France, Canada and Ireland have declared a climate emergency and politicians are introducing green deals as a part of their policies. But climate activists express that civilians and world leaders need to work collectively to transition towards a carbon neutral society.
In Europe, Belgium’s Anuna De Wever and Adélaïde Charlier are leading the country’s youth in marches against climate change.
Finland’s Laura Kolehmainen thinks every individual should focus on building a new sustainable and fossil-free society.
Climate activist Greta Thunberg from Sweden, who has no qualms about speaking the truth directly to the faces of the powerful, continues to criticize global leaders for their inaction when it comes to tackling climate change.
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