Angry Much? Climate Change Is Going Viral This Week For All The Right Reasons

Climate change is one of those topics that you might hear over and over again, but when it comes to taking meaningful action, things can come to a standstill.

Just last week, the United Nations-backed Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) released a staggering report.

They concluded that a million species are now facing extinction, “many within decades.”

“What’s at stake here is a livable world,” says Robert Watson, who acted as chairman for IPBES. Among the things that are ruining nature include:

  • Seventy-five percent of land has been “severely altered” by human activities.
  • One hundred million hectares of tropical forest have been destroyed between 1980 and 2000.
  • Wetlands, which provide clean water and fish, are being destroyed three times faster than forests.
  • Plastic pollution has increased 10-fold since 1980 and 300 million to 400 million tons of industrial waste are dumped each year.

When grouping all the issues together, the top three direct drivers of change in nature include 1. changes in land and sea use 2. direct exploitation of organisms and, of course, 3. climate change.

The report reads:

“Since 1980, greenhouse gas emissions have doubled, raising average global temperatures by at least 0.7 degrees Celsius – with climate change already impacting nature from the level of ecosystems to that of genetics – impacts expected to increase over the coming decades, in some cases surpassing the impact of land and sea use change and other drivers.”

So yea, things are kind of urgent.

But do people care? 

Well this week, some pretty big names upped the urgency and all forms of niceness went out the