Today we received the most extensive warning yet on the risks of climate change. As a planet we had agreed in the Paris Climate Change Agreement to try and keep the climate from warming up to 1.5C. But today a report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change explains that we are currently way off track and at the current level of action we are heading towards a warming of 3C above pre-industrial levels by 2040.
Scientists are calling this ‘quite a shock, and quite concerning,’ to say it lightly. Not only will the global temperature rise higher, but it will also rise faster than previously anticipated.
The report goes on to say that it is technically possible to achieve the rapid changes needed to avoid this, but it may be politically unlikely.
If the first part of this didn’t make your eyes widen and head tilt in disbelief, that last part about how we have the ability make change to avoid this but won’t, definitely should. We can totally solve climate change but just can’t get our act together to do so?
Complacency is never a good option. We need leaders who are willing to be bold and brave. But we also need to be bold and brave ourselves. We all need to take action in our own lives and take responsibility for our collective future. It is more important now than ever that we all, not just politicians, collectively take action to make these rapid changes that are being called for.
Futerra recently launched the Good Life Goals in partnership with the UN 10YFP Sustainable Lifestyles and Education (SLE) Programme. These are the personal actions that every individual can take that support the targets under the UN Sustainable Development Goals that lay out the global 2030 agenda for sustainable development.
The Good Life Goals are the actions that you can take to make a positive change in this world. A lot of them may seem small and many of them you are already doing. But when we all agree to take these actions, it will result in major change. The Good Life Goals are also made for everyone on this planet, all 7.2 billion of us. We all have the ability to work towards a sustainable future.
This also means that if you are in a place of privilege, you may even want to up your game. You could start by doing some further digging on how you can reduce your negative environmental footprint, identify how to best use your privilege to demand more from leaders, use your purchasing as a vote for good and use your voice to inspire others to take action.
With that and given the news of today, let’s dive into Good Life Goal 13, Act on Climate. Here are the five actions you can take:
- Learn about climate solutions
- Call for more renewable energy in your country
- Eat more plants and cut down on meat
- Walk and cycle rather than drive
- Demand leaders take bold climate action today
If you were looking for a sign to live a more sustainable lifestyle, this report with a high alert warning is probably it. And if you didn’t know what you could do to be part of the solution, look to the Good Life Goals to be your first step.
Let’s not let politics stop us from helping the planet and each other.
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