Hardly a day goes by without a new story about Climate Change in the media – whether it’s extreme weather events that could be linked to the changing climate, new studies on species that face extinction, or new plans for renewable energy projects to help reduce our carbon emissions.
Climate change science has many uncertainties, such as how much warming we can expect from a given increase in CO2 concentrations, or whether there could be sudden shifts in climate for particular regions this century.
However, what is clear about climate change, is that it is being driven by human activities, and that unless we rapidly stop adding to atmospheric greenhouse gas concentrations, the viability of Earth as a habitat for millions of species of animals and millions of human beings is at risk.
Our message is that based upon the existing climate research and what we know about how the Earth functions as a system, the scale of action we need to take goes some way beyond what is being considered at present. Changing lightbulbs and using energy more efficiently is a useful start, but ultimately our goal should be to redesign our energy systems and lifestyles so that we can meet our needs and thrive as a society, whilst eliminating our need for fossil fuels.
Although climate change is often seen as a frightening or threatening idea, we also see it as offering a positive opportunity, as solutions to the problem tend to be ones which enable us to lead happier, healthier and more connected lives.