Effects of Climate Change on Oceans and Ice Caps |
This is serious. It’s upon us. Read on.
Most of my growing up was on the southern Oregon Coast. I spent a lot of time in, on, and next to the Pacific Ocean. My daughter has lived in St. Croix for over four years now. She too is a huge and appreciative fan of what most of the world is covered with—living water. But that water and the life it creates and sustains is in peril. And that means we are in peril in ways that we are only beginning to comprehend.
“The oceans and cryosphere have been taking the heat of climate change for decades,” says Ko Barrett, the vice chair of the IPCC. “The report highlights the urgency of timely, ambitious, coordinated, and enduring actions. What’s at stake is the health of ecosystems, wildlife, and importantly, the world we leave our children.”
Rather than become hopeless, I hope instead, we’ll take the time to consider what we can change to make our world more hopeful. What we encourage or discourage through our buying choices, our life and travel choices, who we support in government, and what organizations we support with our voice and dollars who are trying to effect governmental and corporate change for the better.
Change begins with becoming as informed as possible. Here’s a start: