To Tomorrow’s Dreamers
Today I got a message (below) from Kathleen Rogers, President of EarthDay.org. She underscores the urgent need for climate literacy. Let’s build the EarthFlash! Climate Literacy Library with best tools and resources for the EarthFlash! Games and our collaborative storytelling adventure.
Yesterday, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), a scientific body of the United Nations, released its highly anticipated report concluding that the human influence on our changing climate is undisputed. In its Sixth Assessment, the IPCC states that the nations who are major contributors to greenhouse gas emissions have failed to reduce their output and now a certain amount of global warming is locked in and is irreversible.
Within the next two decades, global temperatures are likely to rise 1.5 degrees Celsius. This means that the heatwaves, wildfires, droughts, floods and other extreme weather that have come to mark our summers are here to stay. Yet, worse outcomes like a warming of 4 degrees Celsius and the collapse of ice sheets in Greenland and Antarctica can be avoided if action is taken now.
The climate crisis can no longer be ignored or avoided. It is up to each of us to do what we can to reduce our carbon footprints and get our world leaders and the business community to alter course. This report has also elevated the outcome of negotiations at the upcoming COP26 in Glasgow to a once-in-a-generation moment and it is important for the world to pay attention.
We must also support initiatives such as climate literacy so that students across the world can benefit from high-quality education to develop into informed and engaged citizens who will be able to adapt to and fight climate change.