The IPCC Climate Change 2023 report says that our actions in the next decade could slow global warming… or push us past the 1.5ºC barrier. If we keep going at the current pace, the risk of severe weather events and devastating food shortages will rise.
“Almost half of the world’s population lives in regions that are highly vulnerable to climate change,” Aditi Mukherji, one of the authors of the IPCC report, said in the press release. “In the last decade, deaths from floods, droughts, and storms were 15 times higher in highly vulnerable regions.”
Climate change is affecting the weather and causing devastating damage to people in nature around the world.
Reaching net zero isn’t just about cutting emissions anymore. It’s also about thinking through the supply chain for goods and food and how we use transportation, electricity, and land. Focusing on a low-carbon lifestyle can make a difference, and if individuals stop using fossil fuels, it will prompt a change in governments and corporations.