An inspirational and awakening talk that clearly explains the scientific facts behind climate change and what we can do to slow it down.
Lord Stern was the Chief Economist and Senior Vice-President of the World Bank from 2000 to 2003. He was appointed to conduct reviews on the economics of climate change in 2005, as second permanent secretary at H.M Treasurey by Gordon Brown who at the time was Chancellor of the Exchequer.
He believes climate change and world poverty come hand in hand. Our world has to realise that we can slow down climate change whilst still improving economic growth.
By the end of this century there is a 50% chance the global temperature will increase by 5ºC. The last time our planet saw such a difference in temperature was during the Ice Age when the Earth was 5ºC cooler. Nobody was able to live above the latitude of London.
If our planet temperature was to rise so drastically, 100s of millions of people will have to relocate as vast areas of the world become desert.
Although the figures are daunting, Lord Stern gives hope. He emphasizes our need to change political will through the power of example. There are solutions such as initiating massive reforestry programmes, carbon farming, renewable energy and developing a low carbon economy.
If we can live in ways that provide examples to governments, these can provide a powerful impetus for change. Economic and scientific facts and real, practical examples will change political will so that policies can be put in place to begin decreasing the chances of such a high temperature change.
We are the problem and we are the solution. Watch and feel hope and be inspired to help create a better future for our children.
It is never too late for positive change.
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