Suffolk Climate Watch: We’re past the tipping point, now what?


Hunter Berube

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Fires have been raging in the Amazon Rainforest for over a month now. Hurricanes have been striking islands and coastal regions all over the world. Scientists estimate that the planet will lose one million species because of human activity, according to CNN.

The future of the planet and the human species is at a severe risk if it continues along its current path. This past week, the United Nations released their latest climate change report, referring to it as the “gloomiest” report yet, according to CBS News. The report stated that the levels of global carbon emissions have passed the tipping point of preventing any future, catastrophic impacts of climate change.

As the planet continues to heat up, weather patterns will continue to grow increasingly irregular in all parts of the world, according to the report. Millions have already been displaced as a result of natural disasters. Where are humans expected to re-settle if the same coastal areas are being destroyed by hurricanes year after year?

This also poses a tremendous threat to the biodiversity on our planet. Hundreds of thousands of species are growing towards extinction as the Amazon Rainforest burns to the ground. Our oceans have lost over one quarter of the corals on our planet, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

The health of the corals and our ocean wildlife is just as important as the health of our forests – both are responsible for a notable amount of the air required for all 7.7 billion people on the planet to breathe.

While the recent report contains some of the most dire information about our environment yet, it is crucial that the global community stays resilient in the face of climate change. It’s not too late for humanity or the environment. Advancements in technology can provide us with new solutions to restoring health on our planet.

Ultimately, it is time for all humans to advocate for the planet and the environment. We are a lot stronger and more powerful when we’re all working together.