Climate change and environment issues, in general, are the most talked about topics these days, and for good reason. It seems it’s every other week that a new environmental disaster is being reported on and at this stage we are becoming desensitised to it. For over a month we were reading gut-wrenching reports about the fires in Australia, before that it was the rainforest and there’s always huge pieces of ice breaking off from the North Pole endangering species every day with the mass melting of the Antarctic Ice sheet. With all this news of despair and disaster regarding climate change it is easy to think that no matter what we do, nothing is enough. That no amount of carbon tax or environmentally friendly products can save our climate now, but this isn’t necessarily the case.
We have made some strides as of late, especially with the global effort we have seen so far, and people seem ready to act fast. The everyday citizen that is, along with many celebrities and public figures. Huge achievements have been made, no doubt. This global effort is clear when we look at the number of trees that can be planted just with a strong driving voice behind the campaign. It is this mass effort that is needed, and the next step truly is to target large companies. It may sound neo-communistic, but hear me out. It is large, economically unfriendly factories that produce nearly three-quarters of global carbon emissions, 71%, according to a new report from climate change non-profit CDP in conjunction with the Climate Accountability Institute. In fact, it is 100 specific companies that produce the largest contributions to global carbon emissions.
The solution is clear. Change has to happen and it has to happen soon. Urgent times call for urgent responses and a whole, people have really made great strides in the right direction to help climate change prevention. However, currently, it’s not enough to save us, but all is not lost. If the power of driven people can plant 1.6 billion trees in a year, a feat which we saw in 2019, then that same power can get 100 companies, and more, to change their ways, or get them shut down. it’s not time to give up the fight. We just need a bigger, worldwide and possibly extreme effort from those earning millions and putting them to good use. Is it time for a revolution? Possibly. Is it possible to prevent climate change? To a certain extent, yes. Can we do it? I think so, we just have to act now.
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