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.
But now it seems there's been some incredible news. Keep scrolling to why this is so unbelievable...
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 seventeen-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.
However, amid the global pandemic...The empty streets have made a staggering impact on the environment. It truly goes to show how the human race has severely damaged Planet Earth over the centuries.
Pollution levels are at an all-time low...Since January, many parts of the world have seen a drastic drop in pollution levels since lockdowns were implemented.
Wuhan in China now has almost unrecognizable stats...
via: YouTubeWuhan is where the coronavirus initially started, and since the city’s lockdown back in January, nitrogen dioxide levels have dropped drastically.
And thanks to these drastic drops in pollution...
via: Getty ImagesMother Nature is thriving more than ever, with plants flourishing and wildlife making appearances in the most unlikely of places – including bottlenose dolphins recently swimming in the crystal clear canals of Venice in Italy that are usually overridden with tourists.
Perhaps the most remarkable thing?
via: Getty ImagesScientists have announced a huge hole in the ozone layer over the North Pole has now closed.
This is such surreal news.
via: Getty ImagesBecause the hole had formed earlier this year and reached its maximum size only a few weeks ago.
It was the largest ozone hole ever recorded...
via: NASAResearchers believe the hole was caused by an unusually strong polar vortex, which means that it likely has nothing to do with the drop in air pollution due to the lockdown.
Either-way, the news is incredible...
The unprecedented 2020 northern hemisphere #OzoneHole has come to an end. The #PolarVortex split, allowing #ozone-r… https://t.co/UGQvQwSU0D— Copernicus ECMWF (@Copernicus ECMWF)1587638550.0
For now, climate change remains a huge international issue.
via: Getty ImagesAway from Soderlund's wacky recommendation, it's clear that more still needs to be done to save the planet. And if this article has got you in the mood to make a change, we've got you covered as we've listed fifty ways in which you can help save the planet. A small change can make a huge difference, keep scrolling to see what you can do.