With so much bad news about our environment, it’s hard to be optimistic. But there is still hope. The message in the recent International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report was clear. If governments act together, they can cut greenhouse gas emissions and save the world.
You don’t need to look far to see evidence of climate change. This summer we’ve seen wildfires in eastern Canada, floods in Germany and then more wildfires in Turkey, Greece and Siberia. Not to mention floods and droughts closer to home in the UK too. The IPCC report confirmed what many of us already knew, human activity is changing our climate.
We have long known that the climate is changing, but we’ve seen very little done to stop it. Until one voice sparked a movement, Greta Thunberg.
“We are in the beginning of a mass extinction, and all you can talk about is money and fairy tales of eternal economic growth. How dare you!" - Greta Thunberg
As Greta clearly states, we’re facing more than just a climate emergency, but a nature emergency too. The threat to wildlife at a global scale, is not always as dramatic, but it’s every bit as real. The State of Nature report in 2019 make clear that 73 species, from turtle doves to corn buntings, have already become extinct in Wales while a further 666 species are in danger of suffering the same fate.