The Facts of The Matter
1. Climate change is the biggest emergency facing humanity. Our global response to it has been, in a word, pathetic. Over the past decade, our carbon dioxide emissions have actually risen 11 percent. We need to reverse that trend — and fast.
2. By end-of-century the hottest daily temperatures that occur in a given year in the US are likely to increase by at least 10°F as compared with the end of the 20th century, If carbon emissions continue to increase unchecked.
3. The Gulf of Mexico and East Coast of the US are experiencing some of the world's fastest rates of sea level rise. Elsewhere, entire island nations face the possibility of going underwater. Ex: Florida, Indonesia
4. Climate change is making extreme weather more severe and more common. Warmer air and oceans are producing more extreme hurricanes, with record-breaking amounts of rain and wind. Mega-storms have gone from occurring once every 100 years, to once every 16 years. EX: Hurricane Harvey, Katrina
5. Global warming is linked with longer, more extreme, and more frequent droughts, and a longer fire season for drier areas. In the American West, fire season may last all year. In the future, the fires themselves will be larger, more destructive, more common, and more costly. EX: Australia, California
6. Hotter temperatures and droughts will make corn, wheat, and other staple crop supplies less stable, leading to price spikes and foot shortages.
7. Sea level rise alone could displace more than 100 million people by the end of the century. Migrations, and conflicts over increasingly scarce resources, will exacerbate existing political and social tensions, and significantly increase the risk of conflict and war.
9. Only a small amount of warming will kill 70 to 90 percent of the world’s coral reefs; up to half of plant and animal species in the world’s most naturally rich areas could face extinction. EX: The Great Barrier Reef, Australia
These facts merely touch the surface. Let us take all of this into consideration and envision all doing our part! This comes from us as individuals, but also needs to be brought to the attention of more political activists and our top 100 corporations and bigger businesses. We as people and business need to stop only focusing on the short term monetary gains, because they do not sustain and only continue to manifest even more human and environmental destruction. We must go Beyond ourselves and start to approach a different cause of action. We must all be inspired and start to influence toward shifting the way we do business together! We must all B - THE REASON - Y we strive to be better!