The Climate Emergency.


In 2018, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change declared that we have 12 years to take action to prevent the worst impacts of climate change. But what does the climate emergency actually mean to us? What are the consequences if we fail to address it?

Almost 80% of the UK’s energy is powered by fossil fuels.

Earth’s climate is experiencing a rapid and unprecedented change due to human activities, and one of the most significant contributors to climate change is the use of fossil fuels. The UK is still using fossil fuels as our primary energy source, and as a result we are one of the largest emitters of greenhouse gases in Europe. According to a report from 2023 by the Environmental Audit Committee, almost 80% of UK’s energy consumption was accounted for by fossil fuels.

While using fossil fuels as a main energy source causes significant harm to our world, it is not just burning it that causes problems.

The processes of extracting and producing fossil fuels often require significant land use, which can lead to habitat destruction and loss of biodiversity. Accidents such as oil spills during transportation and exploration cause immense damage to ecosystems and marine life, and mining for coal and other minerals can lead to air and water pollution.

Not only is our natural environment suffering from consequences of the extraction and production of fossil fuels – so is our society.

Research shows that fracking can disrupts communities, have a negative impact on residents’ sense of place and identity, and create social stress. As evident with the current economy, our over-reliance on fossil fuels has lead to price spikes, inflation, economic shocks, and caused economic instability. The competition for access to oil and gas reserves also strain diplomatic relations between countries and undermine global cooperation.

The extraction, production and burning of fossil fuels have significant and far-reaching impacts on the environment, human health, and our planet’s ecosystems. Unless we take significant action to address this, our world will experience a number of negative impacts the next 30 years.

These are some scenarios:

Worsened air quality due to pollution – increasing the rates of respiratory infections, developmental problems, cancer, cognitive decline, dementia, and morbidity.

Public Health England

Rising sea levels – leading to coastal floodings, loss of land, damage to property, and displacement of people.

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change

More frequent and severe heatwaves – causing harm to human health, in particular the vulnerable, such as young children, elderly, and those with chronic illness.

World Health Organization

Changes in precipitation patterns affecting the quality of air and water resources – leading to water, food and energy shortages which will negatively disrupt our economy.

World Health Organization

Loss of biodiversity and ecosystem services – leading to a decline in populations of plant and animal species, affecting human health and well-being.

World Health Organization

Economic losses due to the impact on agriculture, infrastructure, and natural resources – leading to increased poverty, social inequality, and political instability.

United Nations

The climate emergency is a global crisis that requires urgent and sustained action from governments, businesses and individuals in order to safeguard our planet and future generations.

We are working towards a world with clean air, clean water, and economical stability – a future that is sustainable and free from pollution. Join us.

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