The Climate Emergency – What does it mean?
By the CTEC Editorial
As of December 2016, the UK Parliament officially declared that humanity is in a climate emergency. What this means for waste generating industries, consumerism, and other aspects that necessitate sustainable practices is yet to be ascertained four years later.
Even if looking at it from the most optimistic lens, the climate crisis will change the world for the worst if it is not immediately acted upon by just about all individuals, companies, organisations, entities, and others. It is not a case of “Our goal is to reduce our emissions by x per cent by the next five years,” but about the now. While a tad more than two dozen countries have made climate emergency declarations since early 2020, the world will take time to adapt to certain sustainable practices. Specific industries have a considerable impact on climate change and the resulting crisis, such as fossil fuels and the fashion industry, which need to be strictly regulated. A slight increase in average global temperature (~1-2 C increase) could lead to devastating effects. They could not just be drastic, but also long-term, meaning the world will take a long time to recover from the consequences of climate change.
What are the consequences? Longer heat waves, higher sea levels, and changes to entire eco-systems and agricultural biomes. These changes alone can be significant, but the temperatures will continue to rise, and the effects of the climate crisis will continue to increase in intensity over time.
The leading cause for the climate emergency was confirmed to be emissions caused by us directly. This confirmation means that it is up to us to ensure that we change our practices. Our focus should be as much saving the planet from drastic change, as well as securing a better future for the generations to come.
So what do we need to do? The first course of action is to reduce emissions. While some mega-corporations have set emission reduction goals, there is still progress to be made. Sustainable practices in production, waste, reducing excess, reducing the effects of consumerism, and more. The Sustainable Development Goals, a collective of seventeen goals interlinked with each other, serve as a benchmark for most business and organisations. Currently, most countries are far behind their promised emission reduction and sustainability goals, as emission rates continue to rise. Even with the added focus on renewable energy, eco-friendly practices in automobiles, electricity generation, etc., global emission goals are yet to be on track. While industries such as fashion and apparel have adopted sustainable practices, there is still a long way to go, as in 2016 the fashion industry’s polyester use accounts for a majority of the impact of climate change.
While CTEC Energy is proud to be a contributor to sustainable practices and a participant in reducing global emissions, support and participation from others – and you – is paramount if this climate crisis can be averted.