Face reality, take action.🕊️ @ClimateBen Literature Teacher informing pupils of the scientific reality of the Ecological Catastrophe & urging them to act. See also @urgenceclimatiq & @ClimateHound Aug. 22, 2019 3 min read

Remember:

1) 27 million climate refugees
2) 70 million displaced
3) 113 million face famine
4) 1.45 billion lived a war 1989-2015
5) 2 billion hungry
6) 3.3 billion lack water
7) 5.5 billion in poverty

Corporate capitalism is making a hell on Earth - shift towards alternatives.

Scientists know the climate is breaking down much faster than expected. This will exacerbate suffering if we don't transform political-economic systems.

It is essential to establish meaningful international cooperation, but corporate power blocks this.

Climate and ecological calamity is upon us right now. Billions are struggling as war combines with drought and poverty.

We need #ClimateJustice & radical solidarity for decent survival.

Try this 3 mins read by @sydneyazari on positive transformation:

 https://systemchangenotclimatechange.org/article/ipcc-report-first-thoughts-next-steps 

'The number of 'climate refugees' will rise in the future.'

Every year since 2008, an average of 26.4 million persons around the world have been displaced by floods, windstorms, earthquakes or droughts, equivalent to 1 person being displaced every second.
 http://www.europarl.europa.eu/thinktank/en/document.html?reference=EPRS_BRI(2018)621893 

1 billion climate refugees:

Scientists now realise that climate breakdown & the ecological emergency are far more severe, and accelerating at a far greater pace, than previously thought.

We should be thinking in terms of the 2020s & 2030s for many issues. https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/10/31/lancet-study-warns-global-health-crisis-and-1-billion-climate-refugees-2050 

'More than 70 million men, women and children fled war, persecution and conflict last year.'

The climate crisis also plays a major role in displacement, but legally 'climate refugees' do not exist, meaning no formal, legal protection for those affected.
 https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/06/70-million-people-displaced-worldwide-190619071300622.html 

Exposed to the risk of famine:

'More than 113 million people across 53 countries experienced "acute hunger" last year because of wars and climate disasters, with Africa the worst-hit region'

conflict
insecurity
economic turbulence
climate-related shocks

 https://www.theeastafrican.co.ke/news/ea/More-than-113-million-people-suffer-acute-hunger-UN/4552908-5053092-kw190wz/index.html 

The main causes of acute hunger and food insecurity:

🔺conflict: 74 million people affected

🔺 climate: 29 million people affected

🔺economic shocks: 10 million people affected

 https://www.euronews.com/2019/04/04/more-than-113-million-people-face-acute-hunger 

“We estimate that about 1.45 billion individuals worldwide have experienced war between 1989 and 2015.."

Global number of adult war survivors suffering PTSD and/or MD [major depression] is vast.."

The European Journal of Psychotraumatology, November 2018. https://truthout.org/articles/war-is-hell-why-are-we-waging-an-endless-one/ 

The number of people experiencing hunger is on the rise around the world. Conflict and climate change are the likely culprit behind most of this deterioration.⚠️

804.2 million undernourished (2016).

2 billion suffer from hidden hunger (and millions die):

Water scarcity: 'a major challenge...particularly for food production':

🔺4 billion: severe water scarcity 1 month of the year

🔺3.3 billion: at least 3 months

🔺1.8 billion: at least half a year

Unprecedented changes required to avoid calamity by 2025. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S258991471830001X 

⚠️ 2.1 billion people lack access to safely managed drinking water services.

⚠️ 4.5 billion people lack safely managed sanitation services.

⚠️ 340,000 children under five die every year from diarrhoeal diseases.

 https://www.un.org/en/sections/issues-depth/water/ 

🔥The 2020s:

5 - 6 billion people live in poverty based on a reasonable 10$ poverty line.

'Here's the good news: Global poverty has fallen by half over the past decade. But here's the bad news: 71% of the world's population remain...poor'

Yeah, thanks CNN business. https://money.cnn.com/2015/07/08/news/economy/global-low-income/ 

'People need a minimum of about $7.40 per day to achieve basic nutrition' - 4.2 billion people today are below this.

(Harvard economist Lant Pritchett says the poverty line should be $10 to $15 per day.)

'Suddenly the happy Davos narrative melts away.'

 https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/jan/29/bill-gates-davos-global-poverty-infographic-neoliberal 

Simultaneous global crop failure becomes a real threat between 2°C and 4°C of average temperature rise.

We need emergency action, including an unprecedented political and economic transformation globally.

See finance/reparations:


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