Climate change affects everybody. It does not care if you are black or white, rich or poor, male or female. Climate change affects everybody, and the notion that we can ignore it is just foolish. We are talking about the fate of the whole planet.
There are five countries that disproportionately hold the fate of life on Earth in their hands, in order, Russia, Canada, Australia, the United States and Brazil. Fact is that the five countries with the vast majority of the Earth remaining wilderness have shown a disregard dealing with climate change.
You would think the end of the World would be enough to get us scared. Humans have always been a risk-averse species, which is actually how we came to survive as a species at all. If there are lions on one part of the savannah, we go to another. If crocodiles keep coming out of the river, we fish somewhere else.
But when it comes to the loss of our entire planet, well, we ought to take action. And yet we do not; we never do. When it comes to climate change, when we have to think long-term, a lot of things get in the way. Paramount among them is that climate action requires a lot of right-now sacrifice for a down-the-line payoff.
A century ago, only 15% of the Earth’s surface was used by Humans to grow crops and raise livestock. Today, more than 77% of land and 87% of the ocean has been modified by the direct effects of Human activities.