The World Economic Forum (WEF) have just released their 2016 Global Risks Report, identifying failure of climate change mitigation and adaptation as the greatest global risk in terms of impacts. They define global risks as uncertain events or conditions that could cause significant negative impacts for several countries or industries within the next 10 years. Scientists caution that a total warming of 2°C implies a high risk of catastrophic climate change that could damage human well-being on a global scale. Even if countries meet the INDC plans they agreed to at COP21 (read more here), warming could still reach 2.7°C by 2100. The WEF are calling for action to build resilience.
Failure of climate change mitigation and adaptation was ranked above weapons of mass destruction, water crises and large-scale involuntary migration. Climate change will exacerbate challenges like water and food scarcity, conflict and migration. Carbon dioxide causes ocean acidification, which makes it harder for small shellfish to form the calcium carbonate shells they need to grow, with implications rising up the food chain. Climate change is also changing patterns of weather and water across the world, causing drought and floods that may result in mass forcible displacement. The WEF state that given these developments, “it will, therefore, be impossible to live without adaptation”.
“it will, therefore, be impossible to live without adaptation”
So what can we do?
Become more aware of your environmental impact and how you can reduce it. Read newspapers, journal articles, and websites, and watch the news/documentaries to find out more about the dangers of climate change. Start to make more conscious consumption choices, choosing products that have been mindfully made. And follow the five R’s rule:
Repair– fix damaged items so that you can use them again
Reuse– don’t treat products as disposable items, use them multiple times
Recycle– when you’re finally finished with a product, deposit it at a recycling centre or donate to charity
Resell– if an item is still usable resell it!
Reduce– limit your purchases to items you genuinely need and really love to avoid wasting money and resources
Follow this link to learn more about how to start consuming consciously: http://theconsciousstylist.com/2016/01/13/reuse-or-resell-and-then-replace/
To read the full WEF report click here: http://www.weforum.org/reports/the-global-risks-report-2016