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The Young and Climate Change: A Clarion Call for the Young


Author(s): Scott Douglas Jacobsen

Publication (Outlet/Website): Medium (Humanist Voices)

Publication Date (yyyy/mm/dd): 2019/05/13

Anthropogenic climate change or human-induced global warming remains one of the pressing problems needing solutions on multiple scales to protect the numerous and interrelated aspects of the natural environment, the ecosystems, and so on, especially as these relate to the core issue of the

The United Nations directed attention to four shifts. The main objective or targeted goal is to not allow the temperature to rise above 1.5 degrees at the end of the century.

The international and scientific community have been clear on these things. When we look at the ways in which there have been report, after report, and then continual denials and evasions of dealing with the central issue of the current period with clear targeted objectives, e.g., below 1.5 degrees by the end of the century, we come to the import of the issue as a survival and a moral imperative.

The first of the pivotal shifts noted by the UN Secretary-General Antonio-Guterres is the taxation of pollution and not of people through the taxation of carbon emission known as “carbon pricing.” This can be done instead of taxing the salaries of individuals.

The next is the stoppage on subsidization of fossil fuels around the world. Some may want to remove the “Nanny State” in terms of social programs and welfare programs. If so, another one is directly done for the carbon producing industries.

As reported, “He stressed that taxpayer money should not be used to increase the frequency of hurricanes, the spread of drought and heatwaves, the melting of glaciers and the bleaching of corals.”

The third is the cessation of the production of coal plants by 2020. The coal plants produce a lot of emissions, which, simply put, add to the total stress on the ability of the planet to maintain ecosystemic homeostasis conducive to human health and wellness as known at present.

“Coal-based power is key according to UN-environment’s 2018 Emissions Gap Report: all plants currently in operation are committing the world to around 190 giga tonnes of CO2,” the UN said, “and if all coal power plants currently under construction go into operation and run until the end of their technical lifetime, emissions will increase by another 150 giga tonnes, jeopardizing our ability to limit global warming by 2°C as agreed upon in the 2015 Paris Agreement.”

The fourth and final point was to focus on a green rather than a grey economy. Due to reportage and prior urgent calls, the idea of a green economy is more clearly understood as an important part of the solution to anthropogenic global warming. The future economy is green, not grey.

Guterres stated, “It’s very important that you convince governments that they must act because there’s still a lot of resistance,” he told the youth gathered in the room… Governments are still afraid to move forward… [but] Nature does not negotiate.”

There will be, on September 23, 2019, the Climate Change Summit, to increase the ambition and action on reduction and elimination of the threat of human-induced climate change.

Indeed, on those four shifts, these are concrete and actionable steps with time stamps for general timelines. If the evidence is there, and if the targeted objectives exist, then the move towards them should become clearer for the young who will inherit the world hopefully without hell, and without high water.


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