Reviews | The Earth needs your attention now, not in a billion years
In a desperate plea for world attention, several activists chained go to the JP Morgan Chase bank in downtown Los Angeles on April 6. On the other side 25 countries, around 1,000 brave scientists joined them and risked being stopped to raise awareness of the harmful effects of fossil fuels on the environment.
If a group of adults to handcuff a building seems pointless or ridiculous, it is even more ridiculous than Chase Bank spent $ 51.3 billion on fossil fuel financing in 2020. Chase Bank is a well-known investor in fossil fuels, spending over $317,000,000,000 on financing between 2016-20.
The latest report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change states that if governments and companies do not reduce emissions of carbon dioxide of human origin at least 45% from 2010 levels by 2030, climate impacts will become irreversible. Climate change will plunge between 32 and 132 million people in extreme poverty, and there will be serious negative impacts on food safety, Mental Healththe mortality rate and more.
The problem may seem “distant” or “do not belong to worry about,” but in the next decade, the climate may not look the same. These companies and governments need to listen to the scientific community and save our Earth.
The scientists tried approaches based on evidence to implement policy changes, but almost no one acts accordingly. They warn us of the reality – the land will soon be living as beautiful cities submerge in water due to rising sea levels and flooding. This, in addition to Forest firesextreme weather and the extinction of millions of species, will lead to mass starvation and appalling living conditions.
The abnormal is already happening – 2020 was the second hottest year for our planet. That’s why researchers are ask urgently to politicians and business leaders to end electricity coal and fossil fuels subsidies and instead put renewable energy on the move – quickly and widely.
There is still time to fix this, but we need to start now. In the middle of Oakland the other day, I could not believe my eyes when I saw a electric public bus for the very first time. Cities can reduce global emissions by 40-70% within a few years by improving systems more accessible walk, bike and electric transportation. Pittsburgh City Council adopted a to prohibit on plastic bags for single use in the City’s business from 2023, paving the way for a greener future.
The 15 largest American food companies produce nearly 630 million metric tons of greenhouse gases each year. We have the technology and modern science to live more sustainably. However, the conflict is that people who have money and power that can actually bring about real change, as executives of Chase Bank, are busy enjoying doing nothing at all.
The international race to restore our climate has begun. China, the United States and India are on the losing side. They hold the title of the world’s largest polluters.
Governments must stop following “where the money goes” and start worrying about the general population. Individuals must bring their concerns to elected officials and demand their clean air, clean water and healthy food – before it’s too late.
Currently, governments and corporations continue to operate as usual while being fully aware of the consequences fossil fuel emissions have on our environment. the the quality of your life and that of your family depends on what we do now. Superiors should listen to public concerns – it affects us now, not in a billion years.
Anita Bengert writes primarily about her perspective on 21st century America, the influence of social media, and the humor behind society’s flaws. Write to him at [email protected].