The ghost of the future
By 2030, climate change could kill one hundred million people
. We could witness a rise of CO2 up to 1000 ppm and this will cause the Earth’s average temperature to increase by as much as 11 degrees over the next century. Even a 3ºC will destroy much of the planet’s agricultural food production capacity
, which will result in widespread starvation. Agricultural shortfalls will be further exacerbated by ocean acidification, which is another corollary of rising levels of atmospheric CO2. Ocean acidification will worsen damage to coral and phytoplankton, which could cause a breakdown in the ocean food chains on which more than one billion people depend.
Many eco-systems will be lost and sea ice will disappear as will glaciers. This could contribute to a sea-level rise
of up to 10 meters
. Extreme weather events will put more than a billion people at risk killing millions and causing trillions of dollars in damage.
Wildfires which are already ravaging forests will get worse triggering a dangerous feedback loop
that will cause them to switch from being carbon sinks to being carbon emitters.. Remaining forests will be weakened and they could be infested by destructive insects like the Pine Beetle that proliferate in a warmer world.
Dawn of a new hope
Not all is lost, there is still time to avert catastrophe. We have a vaccine that promises to stem the scourge of death and isolation and most importantly the worst presidency
in the history of the republic is coming to an end. Americans have rejected Trump and voted for a new president
who will bring common sense, decency, compassion and humanity back to the world’s most powerful office.
President-elect Joe Biden will be the most climate forward president
in the history of the nation and his is Building Back Better
stimulus recovery plan will tackle climate change head-on. Unlike his predecessor, Biden will craft policy informed by science and his running mate Kamala Harris
will lead the most diverse administration the country has ever seen.
What we do in the next few years is crucial. Our humanity is at stake and the fate of future generations is in the balance. This struggle will define us. While it could show that we are better than what we have been, if we fail to meet these challenges we will have consigned life on this planet to a fate worse than our nightmares