Ah, the Fourth of July, our wonderful day of Independence. In normal times, it was the opportunity to gather with friends and family and celebrate the independence of America. But things, as you know, are a little different now.
As we come together and reflect on the current status of our world, and celebrate and ponder what this country means to us and what it stands for, I wanted to write a little reminder.
The month of July broke 49 all-time highs in the US. 70% of American cities cited that their average temperatures increased by 1 degree Fahrenheit, with 44% reporting an increase of over 2 degrees Fahrenheit.
2020 is expected to be one of the hottest years globally, ever.
America has been through some tough times in the past few months to say the least. The murder of George Floyd has highlighted the systemic racism in our society, and caused significant civil unrest. The COVID - 19 pandemic has caused the deaths of 100,000 people and left 44 million unemployed. Because of these incredible challenges, the future can be scary and uncertain, leaving many of us to ask, what does the future hold?
While no one knows, here is what we do know now.
Mass mobilization leads to change.
Carbon emissions are expected to drop by 8% this year due to the pandemic
The pandemic is still accelerating around the United States and the world
Small victories have occurred around the US in terms of racial justice, and while they are nowhere close to the level of change that is needed to address the systemic racism in our society, coming together and calling for change draws attention and urgency to the systemic racism crisis.
In terms of climate change, carbon emissions significantly reduced the amount of carbon humanity will emit this year, and this trend is likely to continue into the year 2021, actually putting us on track to achieve only a 1.5 degree Celsius temperature increase.
Right now, we as a society are at an inflection point. We don’t know what the future holds, but we have been given a unique opportunity to profoundly change the direction we take after this crisis will inevitably end. Do we want to rebuild the society we had, or do we want to invest in a future that prioritizes the health of our society and our planet?
If you are reading this article, you most likely want the latter, but that will take a concerted effort from all of us to make it happen. We have to vote in November for the future we want, and we have to keep our communities accountable to do the same. We founded Carbon Down to prove that you matter in the face of the colossal issue of climate change, because of the power of your voice. Carbon Down empowers you to go carbon neutral and become the solution to climate change, we hope you join us now, and at the ballot box in November.