"Future generations will look back on the climate events of 2021 and say: “That
was the year they ran out of excuses.”
Heatwaves and flooding here in the UK, temperatures topping 50C in Pakistan,
hundreds killed by a heatwave in British Columbia, deadly floods in Germany and
China. All within a single month. Add to that the recent dire warning from the
Met Office that the age of extreme weather has just begun.
The wake-up call that this offers is not just the obvious one: that climate
breakdown is already here. It also illustrates that we, in this generation, are
in a unique position in the history of this crisis. Climate breakdown can no
longer be plausibly denied as a threat etched only in the future. And all too
soon, avoiding it may be a luxury lost to the past. The window to avoid
catastrophe is closing with every passing day. We’re in the decisive decade in
this fight, and we must treat the climate crisis as an issue that stands alone
in the combination of its urgency and the shadow it casts over future
The actions we take defy the normal rhythm of political cycles. What we do in
the next few years will have effects for hundreds of years to come. Unless the
world cuts emissions in half in this decade, we will probably lose the chance
to avoid warming of significantly more than the 1.5C set out in the 2015 Paris
accord. We have seen the catastrophic effects of a world warmed by just 1.2C.
What happens if we get to 2.5 or 3C? By then, we’ll look back at recent summers
as not the hottest we’ve ever had but, in all likelihood, the coolest we will
ever have again."
Via Robert Sanscartier.
*** Xanni ***
Chief Scientist, Xanadu
Partner, Glass Wings
Manager, Serious Cybernetics