WHAT’S THE RUSH?
Well, firstly, the Scientists and Experts are Worried:
The iconic environmental commentator and influencer David Attenborough has awakened a sense of urgency in us all. His presentation in the BBC’s Blue Planet and the more recent Climate Change – The Facts is a determined call to action. An eerie and awe-inspired silence fell across revellers as Attenborough made a surprise guest appearance at Glastonbury Festival in June 2019. His endorsement of a plastic-free Glastonbury was a wake-up call for large-scale public events to become more environmentally friendly in the future and was an expression of his genuine concern to the wider public. If Attenborough’s panicking about the environment, we should be too!
Greta Thünberg, a 16-year-old Swedish climate activist is a source of huge inspiration. Nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize for her tireless campaigning for immediate action from world leaders to halt climate change in order to protect her generation’s future, she accuses them bluntly: “You have stolen our future,” commenting on their broken promises and lack of action so far. Click here to view the video.
In May 2018, a group of environmental activists in the UK set up Extinction Rebellion. Their graphic use of an hour glass as their logo to represent how time is running out is both disturbing and motivating.
Secondly, the Facts Speak for Themselves:
⏳ Our world is getting too hot for life: the WWF report that “the rapid loss of species we are seeing today is estimated by experts to be between 1,000 and 10,000 times higher than the natural extinction rate,” that is, if humans were not around.
⏳ 60% of all species have been made extinct since 1970 by human activity and up to 270 more are becoming extinct every day. One million are currently in danger of extinction because their habitat – the Amazon Rainforest and other rainforests – is being destroyed to provide space for industrial activities and large-scale agriculture and cattle-ranching.
⏳ Our rainforests (the lungs of the planet) are reduced, so levels of CO2 rise, warming our planet. NASA explains, “The planet's average surface temperature has risen about 1.62 degrees Fahrenheit (0.9 degrees Celsius) since the late 19th century, a change driven largely by increased carbon dioxide and other human-made emissions into the atmosphere.
⏳ As a consequence ice sheets at the Poles are shrinking, glaciers are retreating and snow cover is less, the effect being that sea levels are rising, threatening cities such as New York and London with flooding. In addition, heatwaves, wildfires, droughts, storm surges and tropical cyclones are becoming more prevalent.
⏳ In Greta Thûnberg’s emotional speech to EU Leaders available on YouTube, she says that she doesn’t think people have intended to cause these changes, more that they have been misinformed, or remain uninformed.
The level of ignorance must stop now!
World In Crisis!
🔥Half of the world’s coral reefs have died in the last 30 years, and two thirds of the Great Barrier Reef have been damaged by coral bleaching. This occurs when sea temperatures are too high.
⚡️Environmental lobbyists Ecotricity each year calculate the date when we’ve used up more from nature than the planet can possibly renew in the entire year – and every year that date comes earlier. In 2019, their so-called Earth Overshoot Day is July 29.
🤮Did you know that each one of us could be ingesting 5 grams of plastic a week due to plastic pollution? That’s equivalent to the weight of a credit card! And so are animals and plants! - and that’s only one thing that’s been happening to them! Loss of habitat is the biggest killer!
💩Everything plastic that you have ever owned since childhood is still here in our environment. Even if it’s recycled. It’s still plastic, and that’s made mainly from oil and gas.