“The burning of fossil fuels is killing us,” the WHO report said, and also warned: “Climate change is the single biggest health threat facing humanity.”
The World Health Organisation has warned that climate change is the biggest health treat that is facing humanity and the burning of fossil fuels is having a detrimental impact on our environment. The climate crisis threatens to undo the past 50 years of world progression.
Now is the time to make the change. Our planet is under extreme pressure and world leaders must deliver on their promises. The Paris agreement in 2015 committed countries to try and limit global temperature rises to 1.5C. countries must ensure temperatures are kept below pre-industrial levels of 2C.
The current action of countries leaves the world off track to achieving the goal and avoiding the most dangerous heat waves, flood, rising sea levels and spread of diseases that higher temperatures will bring. We have already begun to see some impact for example, the floods in Germany, mass bush fires in Italy, Turkey and Australia. Concrete action is needed to deliver the objective.
COP26 is the deadline that which countries must bring forwards ambitious 5-year plans in order to get the world on track to achieving the objectives of reaching the targets set in place of the Paris Agreement in 2015. In order to deliver on these targets, countries must significantly cut the greenhouse gasses that are driving global warming figures by 2030 and the aim to achieve net zero emissions by 2050. Action is needed, these may include reducing coal, increasing electric cars, protecting trees and cutting methane emissions.
Each countries leaders made the promise to deliver on this agreement and now each country must take responsibility and honour their promises. Representatives from nearly 200 countries will meet in Glasgow this week with the aim to strengthen actions to tackle climate change and global warming.
Renewable energy technologies could be the solution to their problems. Renewable energy holds many benefits and will help countries reduce their carbon footprints in line with their targets.