People are calling it a bigger threat to the global village than World War III. That is climate change, climate change, climate change. The effect of climate change is a bigger threat to the Global Village as compared to World War. But it’s easy to get lost in this story.
World leaders hold meetings to talk about the climate crisis and how to slow it down, under pressure from millions of people worldwide. Who calls for concrete actions. The empty promises and the inaction are the same. The levels of carbon dioxide in our atmosphere spiked over the years during the Industrial Revolution.
PROGRESS WITH DESTRUCTION
Scientists say there’s a 95 percent chance that human activity is causing climate change by burning fossil fuels like oil and coal to power homes, cars, airplanes, and factories which release CO2.
The global population has tripled in the past 70 years. So, all those gases are in the air, and when the sunlight gets into the earth’s atmosphere, some of the heat gets trapped by the greenhouse gases, and the planet gets warmer.
The concern is not only that the earth is becoming warmer. It’s actually the warmest temperature on Earth since the last ice age 10 thousand years ago.
1.5 DEGREES IN A DECADE INSTEAD OF A CENTURY
The United Nations says that our world is about 1 degree hotter than in pre-industrial times. That’s around the year 1800. Which is okay. In fact, the United Nations says if we warm by 1.5 degrees before the end of the century we should be fine even 2 degrees is also alright.
But again, the problem is speed, because we hit 1.5 degrees in only ten years. And If we don’t slow Global warming down, it could mean catastrophe within the global village.
We’re already getting a taste. Climate change is here. Climate change is happening. Europe is currently colder than the Arctic.
RISE IN SEA LEVEL
Due to the rise in temperature sea level rises up to 3 millimeters because sea water expands on getting warm. Due to the rise in temperature glaciers are melting and adding trillions of tons of water into oceans. The way temperature increases affects the coastal areas badly and can become under the water during some decades like Miami and Island Nations also could completely disappear.
That is why Climate Change is a bigger threat to the Global Village than the World War. Natural disasters happen more and more intensely, and more frequently with devastating consequences.
The dramatic impacts of droughts in different parts of the world, all of this is creating a situation that is a real threat to humankind of the global village. And we are not doing enough.
If 99 percent of doctors said to you, Take this medicine, or you will get really sick and probably die, you would take it, who wouldn’t take it? We have plans instead of medicine to slow all this down.
In 2016 1st universal agreement on climate change “Paris Agreement” took place and the targets set for 2050 were to become carbon neutral, decrease the temperature rise below two degrees, and help poor Nations for reduction of greenhouse gases.
But here’s the thing Several years after the agreement, global CO2 levels are still going up. CO2 emissions have been going up as compared to the last year.
United Nations Alarming Climate data
In a speech delivered in New York, U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres addressed the alarming release of climate data, highlighting the severe crisis facing the planet. He underscored the unanimous consensus among scientists that human activities are responsible for this dire situation, with the shocking element being the rapidity of climate change, characterized as a shift from global warming to “global boiling.” Guterres painted a grim picture, describing unbreathable air and unbearable heat.
The Secretary-General did not mince words when discussing the unacceptable profits derived from fossil fuels and the glaring inaction on climate issues. He called upon world leaders to take immediate, decisive action, stressing that there’s no time for hesitation, excuses, or waiting for others to lead.
Guterres laid out a comprehensive plan, focusing on three key areas:
- Emissions: Urgent emission reduction targets are needed from G20 nations and across the globe. Developed countries should aim to achieve net-zero emissions by 2040 while emerging economies should target 2050 with support. Plans for exiting coal by 2030 for OECD countries and 2040 for others are crucial. Ambitious goals for renewable energy must align with the 1.5-degree Celsius limit.
- Adaptation: The increase in extreme weather events necessitates immediate responses from all countries. Vulnerable developing nations, despite their limited contribution to the crisis, require substantial support. A substantial surge in adaptation investment is essential, with developed countries committing to double adaptation finance by 2025.
- Finance: Existing commitments on international climate finance, specifically the annual $100 billion to developing countries, must be honored. Financial institutions must cease supporting polluting industries and revamp their practices to support climate action. A price on carbon and adjustments to multilateral development banks’ operations are vital.
Antonio Guterres called for global cooperation among governments, civil society, businesses, and other stakeholders to implement these measures. He extended an invitation to leaders to attend the Climate Ambition Summit in September to discuss their commitments to addressing the climate crisis.
He concluded with a powerful message, emphasizing the urgency of the situation and urging everyone to transform a year of scorching heat into a year of heightened ambition and accelerated climate action. Collective efforts are imperative to confront this global challenge.
Burning of fossil fuels generates greenhouse gases which are Carbon dioxide, Methane, and Nitrous oxide. Forests are minimized and lands are filled with concrete and garbage. A land filled with garbage and animal fossils is a major source of methane emission.
Developing countries are at risk due to their weak economic structures. United States of America’s defense department highlights climate change as a great threat to the National security of sovereign States. Temperature is rising faster than expected and causing Floods, Storms, and rising Sea levels.
Agricultural economies are hurting badly by climate change. Unseasonal rains hurt badly to the crops which lead to food security issues. Interconnected countries hurt by climate change introduce climate refugees in the future.
Mass migration affects the Global world and every country tries to protect itself instead of its neighbors. Which leads to discrimination and anarchy. World leaders have to be serious and look into the matter above the local/ regional politics.
To create awareness among the people to contribute their part in this global issue. Governments have to cooperate with the United Nations to cope with the climate change threat which is more lethal than the World Wars.