3 R's of Climate Change

3 R's of Climate Change

The 3 Rs of climate change are Reality, Risk, and Response!

REALITY
🌡 “Climate change” means long-term shifts in temperatures and weather patterns, which can be driven by nature or humans.
🥵 Human-caused climate change is real. Our Planet is about 1℃ (2℉) warmer than it was in 1880 (“global warming”).
⛽️ Primary cause of climate change is human activity, especially burning fossil fuels, which generates heat-trapping gases ("greenhouse gas emissions") that trap the sun's heat in earth's atmosphere ("greenhouse effect").

RISK
❗️Climate change has effects or consequences ("climate impacts"), current and future. These impacts will grow the longer greenhouse gas emissions continue and global warming increases.
⚠️ Current climate impacts: sea ice loss; ice sheet/glacier melting; sea level rise; ocean acidification; extreme weather events increasing in frequency/intensity; ecosystem processes altered; species migration; biodiversity loss; and People’s health, welfare, and security diminished.
❗️Future climate impacts could be incremental or - if global temperature is pushed beyond certain thresholds – abrupt, including ecosystem collapse.

RESPONSE
🤜 We need to take climate action, now! The faster we act, the lower the climate impacts and costs. Everyone is a climate actor: governments, institutions, businesses like us, and you - individuals as consumers and citizens!
✅ To avoid the worst climate impacts and maintain a livable climate, global warming must be limited to 1.5℃ (above pre-industrial levels). To achieve this, greenhouse gas emissions must reach "net zero" by 2050 and be reduced by 45% (from 2010 levels) by 2030.
🙌 Key climate change solutions: cut greenhouse gas emissions (“climate change mitigation”) and adapt to climate change impacts (“climate change adaptation”).