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A generational fight by Oladosu Adenike


1.5oC global warming: A generational fight
by Oladosu Adenike

Haven’t you heard that; “The earth lies polluted under its inhabitants; for they have transgressed laws; violated the statutes and broken the everlasting covenant. Therefore a curse devours the earth and its inhabitant suffers their guilt”. This is a biblical sanction against man’s inhumanity towards the environment. The old testament of the Jewish scriptures depicts man’s wickedness towards himself and the burden of his actions. All religious and psychological accounts of human existences depict perfections of the newly created environment and its subsequent degradation of the climate is due to man’s activities. As a result, it affected his well-being, economy and ways of life.
Why it’s Matters.
At a special report on global warming of 1.5oC (SR 15) which was published by IPCC, it founded that reaching a 1.5oC (2.7oF) target is possible but would require “deep emissions reductions” and rapid, far-reaching and unprecedented charges in all aspect of society”. Also, it includes rapid decarbonisation, was a key focus on much of the reporting which was respected through the world. According to the report, a global warming of 1.5oC would result to increased risks to “health, livelihoods, food security, water supply human security and economic growth”.
The scientific reports further stated that climate related risks associated with increasing global warming depend on geographic location, “Level of development and vulnerability” and the rage of climate mitigation and climate adaptation practice .The scientific Community have speculated that have is only a dozen years for global warming to be kept to a maximum of 1.5oC beyond which, will significantly worsen the risks of drought, floods extreme heat and poverty for hundreds of millions of people.
Current Climate Crises.
The word is currently 1oC warmer than pre-industrial levels. Following divesting hurricanes in the US, records droughts in Cape Town and forest fires in the Arctic, The IPCC makes clear that climate changes is already happening. The consequences of climate changes crises creating poverty in Africa due to low crop yield thereby increasing climate-driven refugee or economic migrants. The Current Climate crises are driving the shrinking of the Lake Chad basin with its resistant effect on over 40million people that depend on it. According to Bill Clinton; “First, I worry about Climate change, it is the only thing that I believe has the power to fundamentally end the march of civilization as we know it and make a lot of the other, efforts that we are making irrelevant and impossible’’.
The bloody Niger-delta crisis, farmer-herdsmen clashes, Boko-haram (all in Nigeria), the fight for contest of resources in South-Sudan all are consequences of Climate change. The time is past when humankind thought it could selfishly draw on exhaustible resources we know now that world is not a commodity. The currents trends of rural poverty in Africa is a direct consequence of climate crises.
Conclusion
Climate change if unchecked is an urgent threat to health, food supplies, biodiversity and livelihood across the globe. If we don’t take the action today, tomorrow might be the end. Let us be awake and fight back against global warming through our daily action.
OladosuAdenike is  freelance journalist and Climate Justice activist




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