Worry about climate change for once

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The UN released a 700-page report just over a month ago explaining that the Earth is headed for devastating effects from climate change, including deadly flooding, extreme drought, food shortages, the death of coral reefs and more extreme weather events like increased hurricanes each year, unless a major and comprehensive plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions is put into place some time before 2030.

That gives us just 12 years to get our stuff together or we can say goodbye to the planet we once knew. Climate change, once referred to as global warming, has been an issue for years now, and yet the steps that we have needed to take in order to reverse the pre-existing damage has not been placed as a main priority in many governments around the world, which has only furthered the problem.

While there are many things that can be done by everyday citizens, such as recycling and working to reduce your carbon footprint, many of the biggest changes need to come from some of the large companies around the world that are burning fossil fuels daily.

According to a report that was released from the CDP back in July of 2017, only 100 companies have been the source of more than 71 percent of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions since 1988. This means that just a small number of fossil fuel producers and their investors could potentially end this issue all on their own. The majority of these companies, however, would need to shut down many of their factories, lay off current employees and be losing thousands – if not millions – of dollars in the process, which they are obviously reluctant to do.

The argument that climate change is a political tool to be used, or that it is not worth people losing jobs over, is a fight that has been going on for years, and in the meantime, the world has continued to deteriorate.

We don’t have another 20 years to argue over what to do. We barely have 10. We need to listen to the scientists, acknowledge what is going on, and try and stop it.