"Some of the Earth’s tipping points are already being reached and we have only
warmed our planet by 1.8°F (1°C). We are expected to reach 2°F (1.5°C) warming
between 2030 and 2032 and then the next threshold of 3.6°F (2°C) a decade
later. This will undoubtedly lead to mass suffering on a scale never before
experienced. The UN predicts 1.8 billion will suffer from water scarcity by
2025, and by the end of the decade, almost half our population could be water
stressed. By 2060, a staggering six billion could struggle to find water.
That’s if there are still six billion people alive in 2060. Without water,
there will be no food. Without food, billions will be forced to fight each
other for resources or flee. This will lead to armed conflict, mass starvation
and migration on a scale hardly imaginable. It’s estimated that 1.2 billion
could be on the move by 2050. To put this into context, 2.7 million humans
migrated to Europe in 2019.
Everything written here has been understood by our leaders for decades. They
are human and have families, just like us, yet they have done little to stop
this unfolding calamity. In fact, they are still investing in the very industry
that is causing our planet to burn. Since the COVID-19 pandemic began sweeping
across the globe, the richest seven nations have spent $190 billion on fossil
fuel projects. The United States, unsurprisingly, gave 72% of its energy fund
to dirty industries, and this flies in the face of the advice of the
International Energy Agency (IEA) who state that all fossil fuel projects must
be halted if we are to meet net-zero emissions by 2050.
Faced with such a horrific future, it is easy for many to despair, and this is
understandable. Despondency will solve nothing though, and while many hope for
change, the simple act of hoping never ever bears fruit. Hope can only be found
in action. Fortunately, there is a non-violent rebellion underway, and everyone
and anyone is invited."
*** Xanni ***
Chief Scientist, Xanadu
Partner, Glass Wings
Manager, Serious Cybernetics