Climate change is one of the world’s most urgent challenges and an immediate risk to our communities, economies, and to our way of living.
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2 Twin Girls
I am often humbled by their innate love of nature and science. Since they were young, we’ve take an annual pilgrimage to Friday Harbor, where my husband and I got married, which has a rich marine ecosystem.
The shoreline is thick with sea stars, sea anemones, scallops, sea squirts and more. The girls spend hours tide pooling and capturing nudibranchs.
I became inspired and applied for 2015 Northwest Conservation Fellowship. It’s an intense experience that covers everything from the history of the environmental movement to field visits in order to immerse ourselves in current methodology and efforts.
Through the fellowship, I dove deep into climate change and sustainable cities and was exposed to numbers that paint a stark picture, many of these may be familiar to you:
12,000 years ago
Our ancestors figured out they could control the growth and breeding of certain animals and plants. This advancement transformed earth’s natural landscapes first locally, then globally. But now, humans have been so successful we have inadvertently created a turning point in the history of the earth.
800 million years ago
The last time the earth experienced our current level of CO2 in the atmosphere of 400 parts per million.
Is what is remaining of our CO2 “budget” before we cross the 2 degree Celsius mark, the point that many believe climate changes move from manageable to catastrophic. At our current rates of 36 gigatons/year, we have less than 20 years before we reach that mark.