Climate crisis – here’s what the experts recommend we do

(The Conversation, 29 Oct 2019) “The world is waking up,” Thunberg told world leaders at the recent UN Climate Action Summit. “And change is coming whether you like it or not.”

The global strike on Friday September 20, 2019 was the largest demonstration for climate action in history. The movement that started with Swedish teenager Greta Thunberg in August 2018 has now mobilised millions, while Extinction Rebellion and other protest groups have escalated their campaigns on streets around the world. From the efforts of activists in different countries, radical “Green New Deals” are emerging as a bold, political response to the climate crisis.

The world is waking up,” Thunberg told world leaders at the recent UN Climate Action Summit. “And change is coming whether you like it or not.”

But how long that awakening takes could be decisive for warming this century. A report published ahead of the summit declared that the impacts of climate change are accelerating – global emissions of carbon dioxide (CO₂) grew by 20% between 2015 and 2019, while the average rate of sea level rise has increased to 5mm per year over roughly the same period.

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The Conversation, 29 Oct 2019: Climate crisis – here’s what the experts recommend we do