Life amid Climate Change Disasters

2021 has been a year with massive, destructive forest fires, extreme heat waves, and extreme flooding events … all over the world.

Locales that were thought to be immune to these problems learned, the hard way, that they aren’t.  And increased numbers of population masses have been migrating, seeking safer environments in which to live … or even just survive.

Given the time governments have had to address the problem, so-called summit conferences of world leaders – which appear to be little more than extremely expensive photo-ops – are the only results they have to show.  Real solutions will have to come from each of us.  Comments afterwards.

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People under 40 will experience ‘

unprecedented life’ of climate

change disasters, study says

 

Christine Fernando

USA TODAY

6 October 2021

 

Under current global climate policies, children born in 2021 worldwide face a dire future of climate disasters with disproportionate rates of flooding, heatwaves, droughts, wildfires and crop failures compared to their grandparents, according to a study published Sunday.

The study, published in the journal Science, found that children born in 2021 will on average live on an Earth with seven times more heatwaves, twice as many wildfires, and almost three times as many droughts, river floods and crop failures as people born 60 years ago.  Lead author Wim Thiery said in a statement:

 

“This basically means that people younger

than 40 today will live an unprecedented

life even under the most stringent climate

change mitigation scenarios.  Our results

highlight a severe threat to the safety of

young generations and call for drastic emis-

sion reductions to safeguard their future.”

 

Vrije Universiteit Brussel, a public university in Belgium, led the study, which included an international team of more than 30 researchers from universities including Imperial College London and the University of Nottingham in England.

Children who will suffer through “climate extremes” unfairly face the consequences of the inaction of today’s adults, study co-author Joeri Rogelj said in the statement.

Reducing emissions can make a difference, Rogelj added.  He said …

 

“With this study we lay bare the

fundamental injustice of climate

change across generations, as well

as the responsibilities of today’s

adults and elders in power.”

 

These extreme climate events will also disproportionately affect children in developing countries, said researchers who computed lifetime exposures to climate events for every generation born between 1960 and 2020 in every country across the globe.

In sub-Saharan Africa, 172 million children face a sixfold increase in  extreme events over their lifetimes and 50 times more heatwaves. This compares to 53 million children of the same age born in Europe and Central Asia, who will face about four times more extreme events as their grandparents, according to the statement.

While current policies put the world on course for a warming of 3 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial temperatures, according to the statement from the researchers, meeting the Paris Agreement goal of limiting warming to 1.5 degrees would significantly reduce the burden of extreme climate events on the next generation.

Co-author Simon Gosling supported setting more ambitious plans to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

 

“Our research shows very clearly

the responsibility that the current

generation holds for future gener-

ations in terms of climate change.”

 

… Gosling said in the statement, which praised efforts by the world’s youth to increase climate change awareness through school strikes and protests.

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Well, participating in protests does raise awareness, but if the solution is up to each of us, what can we – or even just one person – do, to make some kind of measurable difference?  From D:

 

 

  • Transportation: if you live in a city, use public transit, walk or bike. If you own a car, consider trading it in, to get the best value, and go electric.  When the car companies see people trading in gas cars for electric vehicles, the market place will be telling them to shift to electric more quickly. That is the power we have as consumers.

 

  • If you have sun hitting your roof or anywhere on your home site, install solar panels. It saves money and sends a consumer message to the power companies.

 

  • Plant trees.  They absorb CO2 and give off oxygen.  And, reduces some heat coming into a home.  Trees also absorb water so there is less flooding.  If you don’t have room on your own site, look for alternative sites, e.g. school grounds, parks, roadways, edges of farms.

 

  • For recreation: think about not getting on airplanes or running ATVs over dunes instead walk or hike in nature. It is healthier and uses less fossil fuel.  Plus, connecting with nature is better for your mental health, too.

 

Most people get into habits that they follow without questioning the climate impact of their activities. We simply ask that you think of your activity choices and their impact on Mother Earth.  It is easier and less expensive to make positive climate change choices now, than suffer as millions are already doing.

The future is now.

 

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