What does 1.5 actually mean?

It’s good that there’s been conversation, both inside COP21 and outside of it, about the maximum temperature rise that we can tolerate. However, what actually is the difference between a 1.5 degree rise and a 2 degree rise in temperature, for the average person? First of all, it’s important to note that any temperature rise represents the…

Half a Degree

Just a few islands she said We are just loosing a few islands   The earth will heat up they said, By just 1.5 or 2 degrees   Half a degree That doesn’t seem like much On a warm summer day Who will notice that?   And yet It could make 70% of this planet…

A Testimonial

Last year, before I came to Germany, my home was flooded again. This is normal to me, my home getting flooded because we have king tides every year. But lately, the amount of king tides we have been receiving has become worrying. Inundations started coming in when they are not supposed to. The night before,…

Antropoceno

Anthropocene: The Anthropocene is a proposed epoch that begins when human activities started to have a significant global impact on Earth‘s ecosystems. The term – which appears to have been used by Soviet scientists as early as the 1960s to refer to the Quaternary, the most recent geological period – was coined with a different sense in the…

Rising oceans, drowning cultures

I am choosing not to ignore what is happening RISING OCEANS DROUGHTS POLLUTION what is going to happen DROWNING CULTURES SUFFOCATING DIVERSITY I am choosing not to believe that I can´t change anything EATING PLANT BASED EDUCATING MYSELF I am choosing not to give up before even trying INITIATING PROJECTS RAISING AWARENESS   I have…

It’s now or never!

Here is a short overview of why we should start acting now!   Graphic designed by Andres

China and Climate change – A smoggy situation

I’m Bill Zhu from Beijing, and I am one of the 129 founding students of UWC Changshu China. I’ve spent most of my life in Beijing, one of the most polluted metropolitan cities in the world, and I might have a more personal understanding of the phrase “sustainable future” in the UWC mission statement. As…

The real victim: The developing countries situation

The developing countries have a very weak situation in the climate change negotiations this year within COP21. The real threats that they are facing are a weak economy as a result of losing sank lands, losing properties because of floods and storms and losing most of their agricultural lands as a result of the desertification….

My home vs. Climate Change – The Maldives

When the topic of climate change comes up, some specific countries are mentioned. Island nations like Tuvalu, Micronesia, Polynesia and Maldives are among them. I am writing to give my perspective on how climate change is affecting and will continue to affect my country, the Maldives. The Maldives is a small archipelago of islands, in…