Yesterday, scientists from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) issued a warning to world governments asking them to cut their greenhouse emissions and stop global warming.
In the report, scientists warned of dying coral reefs, melting sea ice and rising sea levels, all of which could be made worse if the global temperature were to rise by an average of 2 degrees celsius.
The report was commissioned in 2015 after the Paris climate agreement where countries agreed to try to stop the average global temperature from rising more than 2 degrees. It argues however that the effects of this would be far worse than a more ambitious target of 1.5 degrees.
At the current rate of global warming, temperatures are set to reach 1.5C by 2030 and 3C by the end of the century.
But what does this mean for us and what can we do about it?
In the report, the IPCC highlighted five things we could all do to help prevent temperatures from rising above 1.5 degrees, including:
- Giving up beef
- Car sharing
- Turning down the heating
- Walking instead of driving small distances
- Downsizing into smaller homes
The Lincolnite asked the people of Lincoln what they would be prepared to give up to save the planet.
Lucille Hewitt, Lincoln, said that she wouldn’t give up anything on the list because she lives in a rural area and ‘many things on the list would be impractical’.
Sharon Taylor, Lincoln, said that she is already extremely environmentally friendly as she doesn’t eat beef and doesn’t drive.
Check out the video to find out what Lincoln would give up for climate change.