Unprecedented heat, out-of-control wildfires, deadly floods: these impacts of the climate crisis are already the daily reality for people across the world.
If you look only at the news headlines, you might be led to believe this global crisis simply happened to us out of nowhere. But it’s not that we’re unlucky, or that the climate just decided to warm up one day. Fossil fuels did this. People did this – and got rich and powerful while watching our world burn.
Climate science is clear – the real culprits of climate change are fossil fuels and those who continue to produce them. Humans cause climate change by releasing carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gasses into the air. Fossil fuels such as oil, gas, and coal contain carbon dioxide that has been ‘locked away’ in the ground for thousands of years. When we take these out of the land and burn them, we release the stored carbon dioxide into the air.
The longer we allow coal, oil, and gas companies to dig and burn, the worse the impacts of the climate crisis will be. With every fraction of a degree of warming, we’ll see and suffer more extreme heat, droughts, floods, wildfires, and hurricanes.
The flip side? Every fraction of a degree of warming we can prevent means lives saved and catastrophes averted.
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