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A crisis no one can ignore

  • Published at 12:02 am November 9th, 2019
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We are indeed facing a climate emergency

Even after mountains of scientific evidence, climate change remains, regrettably, a contentious subject in many circles.

World leaders have not yet been able to come to a satisfactory agreement on how to combat this global problem of our times, and it is the need of the hour to act before it is too late. But it is important for all parties to first be aware of the facts.

To that end, it is good to see that some 11,000 scientists from 153 countries have stepped up to declare a climate emergency, warning of “untold suffering due to the climate crisis” -- that is, if the world fails to take proper action in terms of major transformations in the way society conducts itself, globally.

These scientists, who hail from a range of disciplines, have declared “clearly and unequivocally” that we are indeed facing a climate emergency, and there is simply no way to bury our heads in the sand after a warning such as this.

Ultimately, it is up to the richer, more developed nations of the world to step up; after all, those are the countries with the largest carbon footprints per capita. 

Sadly, it is the poor countries with relatively small per capita carbon emission figures, like Bangladesh, which end up bearing the brunt of climate change -- we are already seeing the adverse effects, and as always, the poor are disproportionately affected.

It is time for the world to do some soul-searching, and put our long term survival before profit -- this means making a pledge to work towards the comprehensive changes needed, not just for our own sake, but for future generations.