The internet was abuzz last week when more than 40 flights in Phoenix, Arizona had been cancelled due to the temperature climb. It was too hot for the planes to fly. The flooding in Quebec this spring caused a massive psychological distress for people as 1900 homes in 126 municipalities were damaged. Water scarcity, food shortages, or an increase in natural disasters is to be found in varying regions of the world.
This week in SDG X is a novel writing initiative to keep the network and the blog’s loyal readers up-to-date with a brief collection of news directly related to the Global Goals.
Why is this happening? What has led this world to give up on us? As hot as the topic is right now, Climate Change is impacting a million lives and is a detrimental scenario everywhere. Climate change, also known as global warming, is nothing but a rise in the average surface temperatures on Earth. Scientific researches explain that it is caused due to the human usage of fossil fuels which emits carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. These gases trap heat and affect ecosystems leading to several natural disasters.
Since the Paris Climate Agreement that funded a huge amount towards the climate change was revoked, a prodigious amount of uprise from the people was seen. As sustainable as funding for climate change was earlier, it has now become more of a rampant issue and immediate attention needs to be givend it requires immediate attention.
According to new Cornell University research, an unimaginable 2 billion people could become displaced from their homes by 2100. 1.4 billion refugees by 2060 being the worst-case scenario prediction. All thanks to Climate Change if no action is to be taken against it. Are we really going to just sit and let this happen in front of us?
The new Ambassador for Climate Change, Justin Trudeau feels otherwise. Addressing the situation, he said “Climate change is everyone’s challenge, and our children’s future depends on how quickly and seriously we tackle it.” A lot of support has been given for the same. Even from the unexpected as the businesses in US who were anticipated to enjoy the agreement being withdrawn as their business could now continue. Instead, the exact opposite happened and businesses themselves are now implementing measures needed to address climate change. Truly, in a united sense.
An initiative called We Are Still In aligned themselves to combat the situation by writing an open letter to fight climate change. The letter has now been signed by 1,565 companies and investors, including giants such as Apple, Walmart, Microsoft, Adidas, Facebook and Google, as well as leaders from 208 cities and counties, nine US states and 309 colleges and universities. Another initiative called Unreasonable Goals has also stepped forward to support SDGs by leveraging market resources involving large institutions and impactful entrepreneurs.
It, thus, seems that we’re not fighting this alone but there is a long way to go. If climate change is not defeated, billions of poor lives will be affected gravely. The youth of today keeps pace with current economic issues so one could say there’s hope, but hope needs to spread and a greater awareness is called for.