Climate Change is Not Our Problem

We Are.

© Title image created by Mischa Hildebrand, includes vector graphics created by rawpixel.com — www.freepik.com

Humanity’s Core Problem

The world population increased rapidly beginning with the Industrial Revolution. [© Our World in Data]

When a rapidly growing population wants to consume an ever increasing amount of resources and develops the means to do so, it will inevitably run into a problem on a planet with limited resources.

History of Earth Overshoot Days since 1970 [© Global Footprint Network]

ℹ️ The Country Overshoot Day is much earlier for most industrialized countries (find the date for your country here). For example, the United States had their Overshoot Day on 15 March this year, which results in an even larger ecological deficit.

Development of the CO₂ concentration in Earth’s atmosphere [© NASA]

How Can We Stop Climate Change?

The global primary energy consumption is strongly increasing. [© Our World in Data]

In 2018, global energy demand increased an estimated 2.3%, the greatest rise in a decade.
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REN21 Renewables 2019 Global Status Report

As a result of higher energy consumption, CO₂ emissions rose 1.7% last year and hit a new record.
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IEA Global Energy & CO2 Status Report 2018

The world is not on track to meet international climate and sustainable development goals.
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REN21 Renewables 2019 Global Status Report

it’s not sufficient to improve technology without considering behavior.
🔎 Economical and Social Research Council

The Other Way

Adoption of new technologies in the United States [© Our World in Data, modified by adding labels]
Development of the total primary energy supply in the United Kingdom IEA (2019) World Energy Balances. All rights reserved.]
Development of the total primary energy supply in IndiaIEA (2019) World Energy Balances. All rights reserved.]

How We Can Change

Definition: Climate Angel

A person who makes sacrifices or accepts inconveniences in order to reduce their individual CO₂ footprint with the goal to stop or slow down climate change.

Pathways limiting global warming to 1.5°C with no or limited overshoot would require rapid and far-reaching transitions in energy, land, urban and infrastructure (including transport and buildings), and industrial systems (high confidence). These systems transitions are unprecedented in terms of scale, but not necessarily in terms of speed, and imply deep emissions reductions in all sectors, a wide portfolio of mitigation options and a significant upscaling of investments in those options (medium confidence).

🔎 IPCC Special Report: Global Warming of 1.5 ºC

The Collective Climate Action Problem

Humanity’s Greatest Challenge

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Mischa Hildebrand

iOS Developer, Radio Journalist, Physicist. Trying to make the world a better place with loads of positive vibes. 🤗