Let’s Talk About Climate Change

The fourth Geetotal strand is Share (Cut, Offset, Pressure, Share). Let’s weave climate change into our conversations more frequently. Here is a good post about what works best

Spreading knowledge is seen as key along with a sense of hope but we can’t hide the bad news either.

Two bits of good news this month:

  1. Younger people are getting the message: “A survey of over 1,000 younger voters’ priorities, revealing climate change is the issue 18 to 28 year olds most want to hear politicians talk more about”. And climate change was amongst the top three priorities fir voters under 40 alongside health and education.(Source “Bright Blue” think tank)
  2. More than 40 Catholic institutions will make largest ever faith-based divestment, on the anniversary of the death of St Francis of Assisi.

And here’s the less good news…

“Concentrations of CO2 in the Earth’s atmosphere surged to a record high in 2016, according to the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). Last year’s increase was 50% higher than the average of the past 10 years. Researchers say a combination of human activities and the El Niño weather phenomenon drove CO2 to a level not seen in 800,000 years.Scientists say this risks making global temperature targets largely unattainable.

This year’s greenhouse gas bulletin produced by the WMO, is based on measurements taken in 51 countries. Research stations dotted around the globe measure concentrations of warming gases including carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide. The figures published by the WMO are what’s left in the atmosphere after significant amounts are absorbed by the Earth’s “sinks”, which include the oceans and the biosphere.” Full story here

Meanwhile, in a bit of slightly good news, carbon intensity (carbon emissions in relation to economic output) fell slightly –but not enough  to meet Paris targets. “Emerging economies – the so-called ‘E7’ group of China, India, Brazil, Mexico, Russia and Turkey – together cut their emissions intensity at a faster rate of 4.2 per cent, while the G7 nations lagged behind with an overall emissions intensity cut of 2.9 per cent.” Full story here

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