Unless you've been living under a rock, you'll probably know that our planet isn't in good shape. In fact, experts have said that global warming is now happening at an "unprecedented" scale, with many claiming that human civilization may come to a screeching halt within just 3 decades.
With the conversation around climate change growing, both activists and scientists have been very vocal about ways in which we can reduce global warming. For example, reducing meat consumption, stop buying into fast fashion, reduce plastic waste... all completely feasible and credible ways to make minor changes for the sake of our planet.
And now a frightening statistic has us feeling rather scared...
We are in the midst of a climate change crisis.
via: ShutterstockThe devastating impacts of global warming and our consistent inability to do anything about it is sending our planet down a very bleak path.
From soaring temperatures to rising sea levels, global warming seems to be hitting the headlines more than ever.
via: ShutterstockIn the wake of extreme weather conditions and natural disasters last year, The UN warned that we have just twelve years to limit climate change and prevent global warming from exceeding the maximum of 1.5C.
Despite stark warnings, many people seem to bury their heads in the sand on the issue.
via: Getty ImagesWorryingly, our very own president, Donald Trump, is one of those people, who continually deny that global warming is even a thing in the first place. And, if this is what our political leaders believe, then what chance do we have?
He's not the only one who denies its existence.
via: Getty ImagesSeveral "climate deniers" believe that the rapid rising temperatures is simply a result of the earth's "natural cycle," just like the ice age. Although this has since been proven wrong after experts established that the climate change that we are experiencing is on a scale that far exceeds temperature fluctuations during the last 2 millennia.
The issue only seems to be escalating.
via: Getty ImagesIf the future of our planet wasn't looking bleak enough, experts have now shattered the "we've got twelve years left" to act theory, claiming that political steps to enable the cuts in carbon need to take place before the end of next year, otherwise we will be in a very dire situation.
There is some hope, though...
via: Getty ImagesJust because many of the world's political leaders are failing to recognize the significance of the climate change crisis, it doesn't mean that other people aren't. In fact, there's a huge number of climate change activists who have been taking the world by storm, aiming to widen the conversation surrounding global warming and offer ways in which we can make a difference for the sake of our planet.
One of those people is sixteen-year-old Greta Thunberg, a pioneering climate change activist.
Thank you GQ Magazine for the Game Changer Of The Year - award! #fridaysforfuture #climatestrike… https://t.co/6IR7jTVYP7— Greta Thunberg (@Greta Thunberg)1565716879.0
More people may be listening, but things still need to change.
Facts are facts. #ClimateCrisis https://t.co/iOpl5smiGn— House Democrats (@House Democrats)1567878960.0
While much of the fate of the planet lies in the hands of politics, many climate change activists believe that, as individuals, we can still make a change.
via: Getty ImagesThere are many reasons attributing to climate change, with fast-fashion and agriculture being the main 2 culprits that are having the biggest effect on the planet.
But there are ways in which we can make small changes.
via: Getty ImagesFor example, since the increased media coverage on the issue of the fast-fashion industry, and the detrimental contribution it has to climate change, it seems logical to be selective about where and how often we buy clothes. Aka buying second hand, from sustainable brands, or just not as often.
Reducing meat consumption is also a big one...
via: Getty ImagesWhen Cowspiracy aired on Netflix in 2015, it was the first time the world was introduced to the idea that the meat and dairy industries were really bad for the environment. So, naturally, in the wake of the so-called climate crisis, people are being urged to go vegan, or if that's too much, going vegetarian, or simply just reducing meat consumption, in particular, red meat.
And one recent stat has environmentalists scared.Antarctica is one of the coldest places on earth, thanks to its position at the southern pole - meaning more distance from the sun.
It's essentially frozen.And that's how it should be!
Antarctica is home to many animal species.And many of them rely totally on this continent, unable to survive anywhere else.
But this week, some frightening news broke.
20,7°C on Seymour Island off Antarctica... https://t.co/OiIdlQIl6A— Greta Thunberg (@Greta Thunberg)1581612726.0
This follows another scary record-breaking temperature.
#Antártida | Nuevo récord de temperaturas 🌡️ Este mediodía la Base #Esperanza registró un nuevo récord histórico (… https://t.co/YEtw4VDNmq— SMN Argentina (@SMN Argentina)1581006329.0