Six Degrees to Disaster
In December 2009, the United Nations will meet for the Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen for what could be the "last chance" to stabilize climate temperature. The world's leaders hope to thwart what could be a catastrophic rise in temperature. Scientists are now saying that we are fast approaching a 6°C rise in temperature, surpassing the two degree rise that was predicted would disastrously alter our society.
With the rise in China's industrial production overtaking the US as the world's biggest carbon emitter, especially in the last decade, scientists have for the first time "detected a failure of the Earth's natural ability to absorb man-made carbon dioxide released into the air." A six degree rise "would catapult the planet into an extreme greenhouse state not seen for nearly 100 million years…it would cause a mass extinction of almost all life and probably reduce humanity to a few struggling groups of embattled survivors clinging to life near the poles."
It is clear that our climate is indeed changing, and at a rate faster than originally thought, marking the pending conference on Climate Change as a historical milestone, and an opportunity to become a true global community--working hand-in-hand to create new ways of relationing towards the Earth.Tweet