IPCC Releases Dire Message on Climate Change
Updated: Apr 21, 2019
Citing over 6,000 scientific reports, the IPCC has released a dire warning for the fate of our earth, with the UN saying “the slimmest of opportunities remain to avoid unthinkable damage.” In order to limit global warming to 1.5°C, extreme measures will have to be taken, including increasing the use of renewable energy by 70-85% by 2050. Currently, the worldwide use of renewables is around 17%. With this report, one hopes that the transition to renewable energy on a larger scale will be implemented immediately.
“This report is not a wakeup call,” said former Norwegian Prime Minister Gro Harlem Brundtland. “It is a ticking time bomb. Climate activists have been calling for decades for leaders to show responsibility and take urgent action, but we have barely scratched the surface of what needs to be done.”
The benefits of renewable energy are endless compared to current fossil fuel-based systems. Diversifying our energy supply will make us less reliable on oil companies and provide energy independence (which would prevent blackouts). The many other benefits of renewable energy is that it would improve our overall public health, decrease the chances of climate change-related natural disasters, and in the long run it would save money, as renewable energy pays for itself over time, once setup and installation is covered. Not only would a transition help the environment, it would also help the economy, creating 1 million extra jobs.
Many businesses have committed to climate action, such as the We’re Still In Campaign, which American Home Energy is a part of. These business, sub-national governments and many countries have committed to climate action, though a global collective action is still needed from many important countries and companies in order to impact on a larger scale.
It’s not clear whether this report will be taken seriously in order for governments to protect our health and future the way it should be, but everyone can start with their own individual actions. Global leaders will gather in Poland in December for the next round of climate discussions. According to the IPCC, “the next few years are probably the most important in our history.” If you want to help make an impact, you can start by recycling, taking public transportation or carpooling instead of driving, or invest in renewable energy for your home.
Thomas Enzendorfer has worked in the Solar Industry for over 10 years. He currently serves as CEO of American Home Energy—a California based pure-play white label EPC for the Solar industry--and personally mentors other solar-related companies. Prior to AHE, Thomas served as President of Soligent and was a member of the Management Board for Fronius USA. Consult with Thomas here…