The first part of the IPCC (Intergovernmental Group of Experts on Climate Change) report was published on Monday morning. And the forecast is not good. Experts are sounding the alarm. Worse and faster than fear. Global warming could reach a threshold of +1.5 °C around 2030, ten years ahead of estimates, with new catastrophes threatening “unprecedented” humanity, which is already hit by a series of heat waves and floods. Faced with this observation, several environmental NGOs reacted strongly.
This is the case of Prateek NGO Greenpeace, for which “Humanity is on the Wall”. “The report’s findings, frankly, should sound like an unquestionable and immediate injunction to an upward review of our climate ambitions”, Pointe Carine Thibaut, spokesman for Greenpeace Belgium. “The scientific knowledge of the direct causal link between human activities and the occurrence of extreme weather events is further refined.”
It is a question of not only projecting itself into the future, but of observing more frequent extreme events at home and everywhere on the planet: heat waves, dramatic floods, droughts … these episodes Will keep going, if we don’t take drastic action, irreparably amplifying ourselves and affecting a greater proportion of humanity.handjob Greenpeace added in its press release.
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“Weeks after the terrible floods that affected our country and while we are witnessing severe fires in southern Europe and massive melting in Greenland in recent days, we demand that our political leaders take action. go”, Carine Thibaut continues.
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“Belgium’s current climate ambitions are not sufficient. We urge Belgium to commit to reducing its greenhouse gas emissions by 65% by 2030. Avoiding a rise in temperature of more than 1.5 degrees should be our top priority. Every tenth of the degree will be counted. This is a defining moment for humanity, and we must act on it.”
it’s up to us to be brave
The report comes as no surprise to Greta Thunberg, an activist and icon of the fight against global warming. Greta Thunberg said on Twitter “This report confirms what we have known for a long time from many previous reports and studies: the fact that we are in a hurry.”
Activists state that this report “don’t tell us what to do“. “It is up to us to be courageous and make decisions based on the scientific evidence provided in these reports. We can still avoid the worst consequences, but if we continue today, and not without seeing the crisis as a crisis”.
It doesn’t tell us what to do. It is up to us to be brave and make decisions based on the scientific evidence provided in these reports. We can still avoid the worst consequences, but if we continue as we are today, and not without looking at the crisis as a crisis. 2/2
— Greta Thunberg (@GretaThunberg) August 9, 2021
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