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Weekly Session 3 - The beginning of the end

Secretary Tue, 10/16/2018 - 14:56

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The Beginning of the End

Thursday 18th October, 6PM, Parkinson B.08
 

Committee Applications

The deadline to apply for our committee ends Friday the 26th, make sure to check all information regarding the roles available as well as the application form over: https://goo.gl/forms/soujoEPbARQO2RAh1

Study Guide

According to the most recent climate change reports, we have 12 years before we reach the 1.5C increase. In a little more than a decade, the world must cut global emissions by an astounding 45 per cent.

Should this lofty goal remain unreached by the deadline, over 10 million people are at risk of floods, and billions in danger of heatwaves, and over $54 trillion in damages to the environment. A dramatic rise in deadly storms s epitomized by Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico, which killed almost 3,000 civilians. 99% of the worlds coral will go extinct within the next few years. Record droughts in Cape Town and forest fires in the Arctic illustrate how this is clearly an international issue.

However, the debate remains around two points: how much of a priority is climate change, and what can be done to stop it. Research shows that countries like the US, UK, Australia, Israel, and Russia are among the highest consumers of fossil fuels, yet rate the among the lowest on the Climate Change Concern Scale. On average, only 20% of US republicans believe that global warming is a serious problem. This could be because polls indicate that richer countries should ‘contribute more’ to stopping climate change than their developing country counterparts. In fact, Latin American and African countries are shown to raise the most concern on climate change.

Some climate change scientists are in two different camps of how best to cut global emissions. The main difference in these movements is who should be doing the most work. Some organizations like the David Suzuki foundation attempt to ‘put a price on pollution’ by providing solutions for civilians, like washing clothes in cold water or eating less meat. On the other hand, this solution is only applicable to those who can afford to live this lifestyle-- organic foods can be expensive, and a single solar panel can cost almost $200USD. However, other ecologists campaign against international corporations, which are responsible for most of the global emissions. 100 companies are responsible for 71% of global emissions, an equivalent of $2.2 trillion of environmental damage a year.

The longer we wait, the more dramatic the problem becomes. You have one decade cut global emissions in half and save the world. Can you stop the beginning of the end?

Interesting Links: 
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Climate_change_opinion_by_country
http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2016/04/18/what-the-world-thinks-about-climate-change-in-7-charts/ https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/world-was-just-issued-12-year-ultimatum-climate-change-180970489/
https://www.theguardian.com/sustainable-business/2017/jul/10/100-fossil-fuel-companies-investors-responsible-71-global-emissions-cdp-study-climate-change