How did we get there?
The Greenhouse Effect is what makes our planet habitable but with the rise of human generated greenhouse gas emissions, the process that helps us thrive on this planet, now contributes to a global rise in temperatures, extreme weather events, loss of biodiversity and mass migrations, a threat to life on Earth, that we call climate crisis.
Since the industrial revolution, by burning of fossil fuels for energy generation, industrialization, intensive agriculture, etc., humans have released enormous amounts of greenhouse gases (like carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide, etc.) into the atmosphere, intensifying the greenhouse effect.
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The Greenhouse Effect
The greenhouse effect is the process that keeps our planet warm, with an average temperature of 15°C. Human generated greenhouse gas emissions intensifies this process and generates a rapid global warming.
Our whole development and economies are tied strongly to energy usage. Unfortunately most of the energy used since the industrial revolution was generated through burning of fossil fuels, a process that emits great amounts of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. But not all regions & countries contribute equally to the problem that we now face.
Intensification of the greenhouse effect increased the global mean temperature by 1°C. This change already has multiple effects visible across the globe: Melting of polar ice caps and glaciers, sea levels rising, more frequent and intense extreme weather events like droughts, forest fires, storms and hurricanes.
The effects of the climate crisis have the biggest impact on the ones who contributed to it the least: people in under-developed countries and the future generations. Extreme weather events can have major effects on fresh water and food supplies. These can also contribute to political instability and conflict.
Current state of (in)action
Even though the Paris Agreement was ratified by a majority of countries, who pledged to try to keep the temperature increase well below 2°C, with the current policies we are heading to a increase in global mean temperatures of more than 3°C.
Activist are trying to push the governments across the globe to respond to the climate crisis with measures as big as the problem we now face. One of them is Greta Thunberg, a student from Sweden, that inspired millions across the globe to strike and ask the governments for action to mitigate climate change.
In order to reduce global warming we need to stop emitting greenhouse gases and also capture and store carbon from the atmosphere. We can do this by switching to renewable energy, protecting and restoring natural carbon sinks like peat bogs, wetland, forestland and oceans.