CLIMATE CHANGE - A RACE AGAINST TIME
The polar bear has become symbolic of the impacts of climate change as Arctic ice rapidly melts and their habitat shrinks. But climate change means more than just melting ice and wacky weather.
Climate change been described as the “single biggest threat facing humanity today". Too much greenhouse gas pollution (from burning coal, oil or gas) traps too much heat on the planet which destabilizes vitally important natural systems. The pentagon calls climate change a "threat multiplier" because it creates greater instability world wide.
The combination of more heat and rising sea levels as the result of melting ice leads to more frequent extreme weather events like "super storms", forest fires, flooding and drought making life much more dangerous for everyone.
We truly are in a race against time to change our relationship with energy and how we make it and use it. To stop climate change we need a lot less greenhouse gases and definitely not more of them.
The good news is we have the tools we need (like solar panels, wind turbines, electric cars and electric trains) but we need to work together and we have no time to waste.
The key findings are:
· The more we disrupt our climate, the more we risk severe, pervasive and irreversible impacts; and
· Human influence on the climate system is clear;
· We have the means to limit climate change and build a more prosperous, sustainable future.
“We are in a race against time...we must connect the dots between climate change, water scarcity, energy shortages, global health, food security and women’s empowerment. Solutions to one problem must be solutions for all.”
“Tackling climate change is the challenge of our time. The urgency to act has been reaffirmed by the early effects of climate change, happening both here in B.C. and around the world.”
“The question now is whether we will have the courage to act before it’s too late.”
Want to know more? The Great Climate Race co-Founder Ben West is writing a book exploring strategies to understand and address climate change. As a race participant, you are eligible for a discount on the book and access to an advance copy. See our store for details.