Urgent warning on climate change

by | Nov 22, 2018 | Climate Change, Environment

“…scare the BEJEEZUS out of every single person….”

These are the words that Senator Bernie Sanders chose to use when describing a recent report released by the United Nations about the condition of our climate the way it stands. And, if we as a nation cannot come together in the next 12 years to make viable changes to our current way of living, then our future generations will suffer greatly at the hands of climate change.

Senator Bernie Sanders’ national town hall meeting

On Dec. 3, 2018 at 7:00pm Senator Bernie Sanders will be holding a National Town Hall discussion on Facebook live, where he will be joined by some heavy-hitters in the environmental activist sector, including American Environmentalist Bill McKibbon, and Golden Globe Nominee and climate advocate, Shailene Woodley. 

The live Facebook event will be focused around climate change and the different ways that we can be taking part in shifting our current methods of consumption and production, such as transforming our energy system away from fossil fuels.

This platform will also give people a chance to learn about the worst impacts on our climate and help us determine the best course of action to take within such a narrow window of time.

Largest impacts on climate change

In May of 2018, CO2 in our atmosphere measured it’s highest ever in our recorded history at over 411 parts per million.*

Though there are many factors that aid in the degradation of our atmosphere, as Bernie Sanders suggests in his video, the production of carbon dioxide and it’s ability to trap heat in it’s molecules (greenhouse effect) is still widely seen as one of the major impacts on our climate’s rapid change. Recent droughts, floods, and forest fires burning out of control are giving us a very clear picture on what this means for the future. 

What measures can we take to positively impact our environmental status immediately? 

Trees and sequestration of CO2

One of the challenges with afforestation is that there is a maturity expectancy. The cost vs. effect holds little weight given the time frame we need to make a difference. However; if you can imagine a tree that can be grown specifically for carbon sequestration and has a maturity life cycle of just ten years, then the numbers start to shift towards afforestation being a viable solution to our carbon dioxide dilemma. Imagine this same tree has the characteristics to sequester carbon faster than any other tree? If this tree existed, afforestation and reforestation, would become major players in the call to action for our planet to develop a means for tackling the greenhouse gases prevalent in our air. In fact, American Environmentalist and Activist Paul Hawken, recently published that afforestation is in the top 15 ways to reduce carbon in our atmosphere. 

There is a solution…

…the fastest growing tree in the world

The Empress Splendor tree has been the driving force behind World Tree’s Carbon Offset Program. This tree has the ability be a leader in carbon drawdown. It sequesters carbon at an astonishing rate, due to a photosynthesis like process called C4 that’s mostly found in grasses, as opposed to plants and trees. Its broad leaves are notable within the first year of its lifespan and can reach up to heights of 15-20 feet within that same time frame. 

One of our societal conundrums is that we’re forever growing and creating, while  simultaneously causing destruction. We’re harming what our planet has taken hundreds of years to grow – such as old growth forests. The Empress Splendor offers an alternative to cutting down these old growth forests and instead growing new trees specifically for our demand.

The trees ability to grow from the stump also offers a solution to the industrial efforts of clear cutting, soil degradation or even replanting. The Empress Splendor will regenerate from the stump up to seven times. 

Through the Carbon Offset Program, World Tree is presenting a way we can begin the stand against climate change; now. Every acre planted will have sequestered over 1,030 tonnes of carbon dioxide in ten years time. While the average North American produces over 20 tonnes of carbon per year, their entire carbon footprint (for the next 50 years) will be offset by just one acre of these amazing trees!

Bold actions

In his video to promote the National Town Hall Meeting, Senator Bernie Sanders calls for “Bold Actions” in order to transform the state of our planet. We encourage you to take part in the Facebook live event and educate yourself on what you can do to “Solve Our Climate Crisis”. Let’s rally in support of our shared humanity and future generations and no longer let climate change scare the “Bejeezus” out of us.

“Climate change is the single biggest thing that humans have ever done on this planet. The one thing that needs to be bigger is our movement to stop it.”

– Bill McKibben

*https://scripps.ucsd.edu/news/another-climate-milestone-falls-mauna-loa-observatory

Bernie Sanders’ photo courtesy of Gage Skidmore

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