This article discusses the terrifying new climate change report has one silver lining – there is still time to push for a better future.
You’ve seen the headlines: scary cries about an impending climate apocalypse that’s headed our way sooner than once thought. When the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released its latest report last week, its somber message—this is our last chance to get real about the changing climate before it’s too late—caught the world’s attention.
In a way, the report, with its gloomy proclamations on the end of the world as we know it, is peak 2018. Dramatic and desperate, it paints a picture that’s hard to envision: a world in which sea ice vanishes completely once every decade, coral reefs disappear entirely, and the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people bear the brunt of the climate disaster.
But before you walk into the rising sea, take a deep breath and look at the surprising bright side. The report actually contains plenty of good news. At its core is a positive message: we can stop a climate catastrophe right now. Here’s how—and why.