Black Friday Climate Change Report Calls for Action
On Black Friday, the busiest shopping day of the year, the Fourth National Climate Assessment was released.
The long-anticipated report warns of a ten percent shortfall in American gross domestic product if major steps are not taken to immediately combat global warming.
Thirteen federal agencies comprised of top scientists joined to produce the report, many of whom were taken by surprise after learning of its curiously timed publication.
Originally scheduled for a mid-December release, some speculate that the report was printed early in an attempt to bury the news. The report’s findings are at odds with the Trump administration’s agenda of environmental deregulation, challenging its claim that the fight against climate change is a costly and fruitless endeavor.
Long-held concerns are already coming true, however, as California’s wildfires continue to spread and seasons shift from their once predictable courses.
“Earth’s climates are now changing faster than at any point in the history of modern civilization, primarily as a result of human activities,” reads the report’s opening sentence.
A temperature increase of 1.8 degrees Fahrenheit, while likely undetectable to the common Black Friday deal hunter, has proven to be aggressive enough to shrink mountain snowpacks, destroy harvests, and elicit heat waves that arrive earlier and last longer than ever before.
“...Climate change is not a distant issue. It’s not about plants, or animals, or future generations. It’s about us, living now,” suggests Katharine Hayhoe, one of the report’s contributing authors and an atmospheric scientist at Texas Tech University.
Global warming mitigation will be expensive, though not nearly as costly or as frustrating as the restoration efforts that will be required if wildfires spread to the Southeast and flooding plagues the East Coast as predicted.
This news is frightening, but positive action is happening at the state and retail levels. Arbor Army works directly with reforestation campaign leaders and consumers to affect change.
Browse the eco-friendly products available in our marketplace today. We may be small contributors to the planet’s health individually, but together we are an army.