Updated: Jan 4
2100 - 2° C
The Paris Agreement, signed by 196 nations, is a treaty on climate change, it’s goal being to limit global warming to not more than 2 degrees Celsius by the year 2100.
Currently, we will not meet that goal.
Our influences on our planet are now so extreme we have created a new geologic era- The Anthropocene - viewed as the period during which human activity has been the dominant influence on the climate and environment. Our influence will be, literally, written into the rocks and dirt of geologic strata. In addition, because of our impact, we will cause other species stories to be unwritten. Completely erased from existence.
Think about this. We are just one of many species on this earth. One. Yet, we have managed, through our consumption, to negatively change the intricate workings, the checks and balances of our home planet and it’s evolutionary journey. It’s one thing to be our own demise. It’s quite another to take other species with us.
At our current rates of consumption, we will not leave a habitable planet for generations in the not too distant future. We can’t claim ignorance anymore because we are experiencing the proof. The argument has moved beyond whether global warming is man-made or a natural cycle. Will we still be arguing that point while standing in water up to our necks and breathing through oxygen masks?
The good news is that there are actions we can take today to change the scenario if we are willing to look at the problem. Denying does not fix anything. Getting to work does.
What is our “poof point”? When is the moment that our collective human brains scream DANGER, and we act with a determination to be a part of a solution for ourselves and our fellow beings so we don’t become part of an extinction story. All signs point to yesterday.
I can’t help but think about all of the beauty we stand to lose.