The Earth is continuously heating up day by day. Because of this, we’re on the brink of having a series of natural disasters.
According to climate experts, we have only 12 years left to prepare for the 1.5C tipping point of climate change. That’s 12 years before low-lying areas get swamped by floods and 12 years until people start to accept the truth that comes with global warming.
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change elaborates the effects of global warming, but Cornwall really doesn’t need much explanation to understand the fact that the planet really is heating up for real.
The melting ice caps in the Arctic Ocean, the flooding in Coverack, and the wildfires in California are enough signs of Earth’s climate changing.
This week, Cornwall joined Bristol, Frome, Manchester, Melbourne, and London in officially declaring a climate emergency. According to authorities, the declaration “recognises the climate change crisis and the need for urgent action”.
While London aims to make the city carbon neutral by the year 2050, Cornwall took a step further, announcing its aim to make their county carbon neutral by the year 2030.
Cornwall is known for leading in several areas in preserving the health of the environment, embracing renewable sources of energy through wind and solar power and even experimenting with wave energy.
Although the council still has a lot of improvements to make in the system to lessen the damages made to the environment, the simple acknowledgement of the climate change and the official announcement of the climate emergency can already take the county — and even the whole of the UK — one step closer to having a much healthier environment and less damaging systems.
The declaration of the climate emergency can drive the necessary social change and environmental restructuring to bring an essential change to help make Earth survive this environmental challenge.