Planet in Crisis
Our Planet In Crisis
The growing awareness that global warming represents a threat to humanity has prompted the emergence of a whole new breed of environmentalists—unlikely environmentalists are popping up in the most unusual places, and some – like Dr. Sarah– are becoming deeply committed New Climate Warriors.
Did you know that UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change gives us just until 2015—at most– to curb global warming pollution?
And what we do in the next two to three years will make or break our ability to reach that goal. So the time to act is now.
The UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) reflects the consensus views of over 2500 scientists from over 130 countries. The IPCC reports are the most authoritative compilation of international scientific findings on climate change. (www.ipcc.ch/pdf/presentations/valencia-2007-11/pachauri-17-november-2007.pdf)
According to the IPCC, human activity is causing global warming.
The head of the IPCC said upon the final report’s release: “What we do in the next two or three years will define our future.” Time Magazine described the report as a final warning to humanity.
The Stern Review Report, produced by leading economists and released in 2006, predicts a global recession if we proceed with business as usual.
“There is no business to be done on a dead planet,” David Brower
For generations, we’ve been able to expect a higher standard of living for our children. However, if we don’t curb our global warming pollution, our children will suffer a radical decrease in standard of living. Dr. Sarah can’t just stand by and let that happen. Can you?
Global warming is causing…
· more droughts and fires, strong winds, heavy rains, floods, and tropical storms
· increased pests, heat waves and decreased air quality (including smog).
These changes are expected to affect animal and plant life—and humans. Poor air quality most affects the health of the ill, the elderly and children. Already global warming is affecting our health. It’s creating longer cold and flu seasons, more mosquito and tick borne diseases, and creating conditions that are conducive to the development new diseases. Global warming is causing increased pollen production, and both allergies and colds can trigger asthma.
We’re seeing unprecedented global food shortages for various reasons that include the climate crisis—and rising prices on staples like rice, corn and wheat.
Animal and plant species are moving north—or going extinct.
The oceans are becoming uninhabitable for various kinds of sea creatures—include fish that we eat. The coral reefs are bleaching.
Water shortages are developing in various US and international locations, in part because global warming is causing changes in rain fall patterns, in part because of evaporation, in part because of population patterns. The human population has doubled in Dr. Sarah’s lifetime. Imagine the increased demand on our finite natural resources! Then consider our nutty tendency to build in desert areas where there basically isn’t water any way—think Las Vegas, which is booming.
This is not just the polar ice caps melting.
All of this is occurring more rapidly than was thought even two years ago. Dire conditions are now predicted by 2020, and not just for the polar bears but for all of us.
When the IPCC released its final report in 2007, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said, “These scenes are as frightening as a science fiction movie. But they are even more terrifying because they are real.” Mr. Ban also said that global warming threatens “the most precious treasures of our planet,” and the effects are “so severe and so sweeping that only urgent global action will do. We are all in this together. We must work together.”
Want to see a video explaining the basics of the science? http://www.globalwarmingsolutions.org/gwstv/explaining-the-basics-of-global-warming
Or if you want to read the text of the video, http://www.globalwarmingsolutions.org/gwstv/explaining-the-basics-of-global-warming.
Or do you want to see a great short video by Leo DiCaprio that very effectively distills down the message about the urgency?
Our planet is in peril.
The threat is global warming. The time for action is now.
We all need to do our part. It all adds up.
To learn more about what you can do to combat global warming and join in the growing movement of parents who are raising green children, and people who are greening their lifestyles, businesses and careers, click here [ ].
“I don’t want to live in a world with no snow.”—William, age 12
Want to learn more about the problem?
http://hdr.undp.org/en/climatechange/– includes Spanish as well as other languages.
www.ipcc.ch- The definitive source for information on the international scientific consensus on global warming.
http://pbrla.blogspot.com/2007/12/al-gores-nobel-speech-video-and-text.html. The text and video of Al Gore’s speech delivered when he accepted the Nobel Prize. An impassioned, eloquent call to action.
http://www.epa.gov/climatechange/glossary.html- A helpful glossary of terms related to global warming.
Lots of people are getting informed and taking action. Every little bit we do adds up. And it’s not too late. We have exactly enough time—starting now.
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Planet in Crisis: Welcome
Planet in Crisis: Global Warming
Planet in Crisis: Air
Planet in Crisis: Water
Planet in Crisis: Oceans
Planet in Crisis: Forests & Trees
Planet in Crisis: Animals & Plants
Planet in Crisis: Weather
Planet in Crisis: Food Supply
Planet in Crisis: Waste
Planet in Crisis: Government Policy