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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.

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The 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.

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In 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.

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Worryingly, 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.

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Several "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.

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If 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...

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Just 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.

The teen has drawn in praise from many for raising awareness over the risks posed by climate change while holding politicians to account. Known for her matter-of-fact manner of weighing into the issue, Thunberg has somewhat become the face of the modern climate change movement.

More people may be listening, but things still need to change.

July was the hottest month ever recorded by humans in history across Europe, highlighting the urgency to act.

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.

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There 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.

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For 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...

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When 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.

The temperatures of Seymour Island had reached a whopping 20.75 degrees celsius - by far the highest ever recorded.

This follows another scary record-breaking temperature.

A research station in Hope Bay called Esperanza Base reached 18.3 degrees - again, the highest ever recorded in the area.

Many are concerned.

Actor and activist Leonardo Di Caprio took to Instagram to spread news of the crisis to his many followers.

People are frightened.

"We are seeing the warming trend in many of the sites we are monitoring, but we have never seen anything like this," said Carlos Schafer, of Brazilian climate change research project Terrantar.

It's not just Antarctica.

The South Shetland Islands and the James Ross archipelago have suffered from unheard of changes in temperature over the past couple of decades.

It's thought to be a consequence of rising sea temperatures and changing currents.

"We have climatic changes in the atmosphere, which is closely related to changes in permafrost and the ocean. The whole thing is very interrelated." The Australian bushfires have been another horrifying consequence of climate change. Scroll on for some truly shocking before and after images that depict the devastation.