TLDR: Climate Change
New Orleans and Miami could be underwater by the end of this century.
The cause? Climate change.
Keep scrolling for TLDRs for busy people about climate change and why scientists call it “the most significant challenge facing humans in the next 100 years.”
We are already seeing the effects of climate change and it will get worse.
More extreme weather will displace 1.2 billion people by 2050
Coastal cities such as New Orleans will be underwater. California will experience longer and more intense heat waves every year. A flood season will be the new normal for many. Every region of the world will be affected.
Disruptions to global food production
With less rainfall, more heat waves, and new pests, the cost of staple foods like wheat, corn, and rice will rise by more than two-thirds in the next few decades. More people will live in poverty and hunger.
Why is this happening?
The planet is getting warmer.
The average global temperature has risen by 1 degree in the last century, and it is being caused by humans. Burning substances such as coal or gasoline release greenhouse gases into the atmosphere, keeping heat within the atmosphere.
What can you do about it?
As an individual, you can make choices about your food, travel, and energy use that are healthy for you, your community, and the planet.
Take action
Turn off the lights
Use LED lightbulbs
Reduce A/C and heating usage
Use the dryer and washer less
Buy EnergyStar label products
Buy Green-E certified products
Take fewer flights
Buy electric or energy efficient cars
Take public transportation
Carpool with friends
Bike or walk where you can
Eat less meat
Eat with the seasons
Don’t waste food
Don’t overeat
Try meat substitutes
Get educated