According to official figures, 6 July 2023 was (at time of writing) the hottest day ever, with the average global temperature reaching 17.2°C, following the warmest June on record. In 2022, figures from NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) reported that global temperatures were 1.1°C above preindustrial levels and creeping ever closer to passing the 1.5°C limit agreed by politicians in 2015 and reconfirmed when the UK hosted COP26 in Glasgow in 2021.
Now, you might be thinking 'yeah, but it's been raining here and it's not that warm' but that's part of the problem - just because we're not experiencing it, doesn't mean it's not happening! We have to start thinking globally because that’s what creates true understanding of what climate change actually means for us and the next generation...
Increased temperatures already mean:
And these are just a couple of the major effects!
It IS frightening and it IS overwhelming but it IS real and it IS here.
It doesn't matter WHY you think this is a problem - it doesn't matter your reasons - but we need to stop burying our heads in the sand and do something. We can't stop it but there are many ways on offer to us to mitigate the impact. We just need to choose which ones we can act on NOW!