Ten years is about the time we have left to prevent the planet from becoming an uninhabitable place for mankind. NASA data shows that the decade 2010-2019 has been the warmest decade ever. By 2020 we will have seen rising temperatures, fires, ocean heat, deadly storms and a significant loss of ice. Our planet is crying out for help, and we must listen to it and act to help. From Hindu Oumarou Ibrahim, climate change activist and director of the Association of Peul and Indigenous Women of Chad (AFPAT), to Jeroom Remmers, director of the Dutch non-profit organization Animal Protein Price Coalition (Tapp Coalition), four climate change activists present the future of our planet and explain how we can change it in a series of exclusive interviews. This is the BlastingTalks series on climate change.
We have ten years to act, says Hindu climate change activist Umaru Ibrahim, director of the Association of Fulani Women and Indigenous Peoples of Chad (AFPAT), when asked how much time we have left to save the planet. Your fight? Show the great powers that indigenous knowledge can stop climate change worldwide. Umaru Ibrahim, born into the semi-nomadic pastoral community of the Fulani Mbororo, tells Explosive News how his community has suffered economically and socially from the environmental crisis, while sharing solutions to combat this climate injustice, because it is our future, we must not lose it!
Carlos Nobre, senior researcher at the Institute of Advanced Studies at the University of São Paulo (IEA/USA) and one of the world’s leading experts on climate change, assumed the Amazon savannah as a response to deforestation in the early 1990s.
Now, almost 30 years later, he gives another warning: Our calculations show that in 15 to 30 years, if we continue deforestation in the Amazon at this rate, and not only in Brazil, we will already have reached the other side, where the savannah is becoming irreversible. As one of the authors of the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) report, which was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007, the Brazilian climate researcher also argues that consumers have a share of responsibility in this issue and must translate the desire to protect the Amazon into concrete actions, such as responsible and sustainable consumption.
If every Brazilian were to demand a certificate of origin for meat, deforestation in the Amazon would be greatly reduced, he says.
According to the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO), the production of meat and dairy products is responsible for 14.5% of global greenhouse gas emissions – as much as the transport sector, which is often seen as one of the main contributors to climate change and global warming.
According to the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, livestock farming is also the main driving force behind deforestation in the Amazon, responsible for about 80% of deforestation. In an interview with BlastingTalks, Jeroom Remmers, director of the Tapp Coalition, says that the price consumers pay for animal products must also include external environmental costs. In addition to reducing the total consumption of animal proteins, the project proposes three ways of using the revenue from the new taxes.
The first one pays the farmers. The second is a reduction in the price of fruit and vegetables. And the third is the compensation for low wages, according to Remmers.
If we had listened to scientists 30 years ago, we wouldn’t have as big a problem as we do now, says Svein Tveitdal, former head of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and now director of the Klima2020 consultancy. Mr. Tveitdal founded Klima2020 to advise companies and local authorities in implementing sustainable environmental change, with the aim of bridging the gap between climate science, policy makers and the general public. In an exclusive interview with Blasting News, Twaithdahl shared his thoughts on how to respond effectively and quickly to climate change.
Twaithdahl’s solution would be to reduce global emissions by 6-7% per year over the next decade. If you ask me, I don’t think we’ll make it, he said. But Twaithdahl hopes that people understand that our planet faces greater threats and that it is up to them to act now.
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