Climate change is a global challenge that requires a global solution. This was recognised as early as 1992 when, at the UN Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, more than 150 countries expressed a desire to stabilise greenhouse gas emissions. However, emissions continue to rise, and we must now plan to deal with future changes.
Regarding Earth Day celebration (Wednesday, April 22), the U.S. government is publishing pictures of beautiful landscapes as part of a campaign – in order to remember our wonderful and unique planet – leaded by Obama, who recognises that climate change threatens the U.S. economy.
Obama this Wednesday will travel to the Everglades – one of the country’s most unique and treasured landscapes. He’s not visiting as a tourist. Obama wants to leave a message:
“The Everglades are flat, and they border a rising ocean. As the sea levels rise, the shorelines erode, and that salty water travels inland, threatening the aquifers supplying fresh drinking water to Floridians. That doesn’t just destroy a beautiful and unique national landscape. It threatens an $82 billion state tourism economy, and drinking water for more than 7 million Americans — more than a third of Florida’s population.”
Global Climate Change is one of the World’s greatest challenges. We understand it and have had several discussions about how to communicate climate change and its effects on health. Therefore, 2015 is the year to leave a message of the economic challenges and impacts of not taking actions for reducing energy consumption and pollution.In 2012, climate change was already contributing to the deaths of nearly 400,000 people a year and costing the world more than $1.2 trillion, wiping 1.6% annually from global GDP.
It is rewarding to hear that the U.S. president is aware and mentioned the negative impacts of global climate change. He also recognised a specific economic impact: “Rising sea levels are putting a national treasure, and an economic engine for the South Florida tourism industry, at risk,” (see video).
There is a hope that this campaign will contribute to reduce carbon emission by allowing governments and individuals to take actions during all year. Happy Earth Day!
Image credit: The White House Newsletter.