We are all responsible for our future and the future of our planet. Unless acted upon now the coming decades aren’t as bright as you’d hope.
We are running out of time to save our planet. After we watched the new David Attenborough documentary “A Life On Our Planet”, it really gave us the realisation that we need to change the way we live now.
The documentary covers the rapid decline in the natural world and the health of our planet within just 1 lifetime. It also gives insight into what the future holds if no change is made.
In the 2030s,
The Amazon rainforest will be destroyed to a point where it can no longer produce enough moisture to grow anything and will transform into a dry savanna. This will cause Global water cycles to be altered in turn creating ice-free summers in the Artic. As the white snow disappears less of the sun’s rays can be deflected, causing the rate of global warming to accelerate.
In the 2040s,
The frozen soils in the Northern hemisphere will start to defrost, releasing large amounts of Methane, a gas much more potent than CO2.
In the 2050s,
Coral reefs will die, the seas will continue to warm, and the fish populations will crash.
Millions of people will lose their jobs that rely on the Oceans for their livelihood.
In the 2080s,
There will be a global food crisis. Soils will become exhausted from overuse and pollinating insects will become extinct.
In the 2100s,
Large parts of the Earth uninhabitable and leaving millions of people homeless. Scientists predict that the sixth mass extinction will be well underway at this point, causing irreversible damage to the planet.
So what about the solution?
- We need to shift to renewable energy, a process which is already happening at a rapid- albeit not rapid enough- pace.
- We need to restore-or “rewild”- biodiversity on the planet. When ecosystems are more diverse, they are better able to perform essential ecosystem services, like carbon sequestration.
- We need to halt deforestation as forests are the planet’s biggest ally in locking away carbon.
- We need to be mindful of our diets, By doing this we will reduce the space we use for farmland to instead make space for returning. wilderness.