By Mark Kaufman
Greta Thunberg is bound for the high seas.
On August 14 the teenage environment activist set sail from Britain to New York City aboard the Malizia II, a technologically-advanced racing sailboat that creates electricity utilizing photovoltaic panels and undersea turbines. Next month, Thunberg will speak at the U.N. Climate Action Top(and Mashable’s Social Good Top), before cruising on to a essential U.N. environment conference in Chile.
You can track her development throughout the Atlantic Ocean on the ship’s website here(there might be a load time).
” The science is clear,” Thunberg stated in a declaration after announcing the seafaring journey. “We should begin flexing the [carbon] emissions curve steeply downwards no behind 2020, if we still are to have a possibility of staying below a 1.5 [Celsius] degrees of international temperature rise.”
To avoid the worst effects of climate change, scientists internationally advise curbing Earth’s warming at 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 degrees Fahrenheit) above pre-Industrial Transformation temperatures; though with still-rising carbon emissions, this specific objective is now far out of reach, if not almost difficult to accomplish
Airplanes have an outsized function in emitting carbon, as airliners contribute over 2 percent of overall worldwide carbon emissions– more than a lot of nations in the world. ” Somebody flying from London to New york city and back produces roughly the very same level of emissions as the typical person in the EU does by heating their home for an entire year,” the European Commission notes
So Thunberg, who has taken a year off of school to promote for environment action, is totally preventing flight.
Earth’s climatic co2 emissions are now skyrocketing CO2 levels haven’t been this high in at least800,000 years— though most likely countless years What’s more, carbon levels are now increasing at rates that are unprecedented in both the geologic and historical record