Of the most terrifying, relentless and seemingly intractable man-made problem faced by the world today, German educational design studio Kurzgesagt sez:
We have known for decades that rapid Climate Change is being caused by the release of Greenhouse Gases. But instead of reducing them, in 2019 the world was emitting 50% more CO2 than in the year 2000. And emissions are still rising. Why is that? Why is it so hard to just stop emitting these gases?
Previously: The Biggest Star In The Universe
WATCH: Climate activist Greta Thunberg meets with German Chancellor Angela Merkel pic.twitter.com/5KnBzYA07O
— The Hill (@thehill) August 20, 2020
Thunberg, who along with other activists delivered Merkel a letter with 125,000 signatures calling on leaders to do more to cut emissions, said people should “step put of their comfort zones” and be brave enough to tackle the problem.
“We told her we face a climate emergency,” Thunberg said of the meeting with Merkel. “We want leaders to step up and treat this as an emergency,” she said at a press conference.
Dublin city centre.
Dublin city centre.
Intolerant, climate change-fearing tykes take to the streets to scold ‘boomers’ and their selfish ilk for stupidly
cooling warming the planet.
Formerly called ‘going on the mitch’.
More as we get it.
Another Girl, Another Planet
The forests aren’t on fire on Planet B.
Sea temperatures aren’t higher on Planet B.
We can gaze on at our navels on Planet B.
There’s no need for reappraisal on Planet B.
The air’s fresh as you like on Planet B.
There’s no need to ride a bike on Planet B.
The wildlife is surviving on Planet B.
Terns and hedgehogs all are thriving on Planet B.
Each Christmas it’s still snowing on Planet B.
Let’s keep on the way we’re going on Planet B.
There’s the merest, slightest hiccup on Planet B.
A tornado in a teacup on Planet B.
The scientist are lying on Planet B.
And the coral isn’t dying on Planet B.
There’s no reason to rewild on Planet B.
Thunberg’s just a foolish child on Planet B.
Kildare Street, Dublin 2.
Hunger striking granny Patricia Devlin from Extinction Rebellion surrounded by tykes from Belvedre College and Loretto St Stephen’s Green, Dublin who skipped lunch to show solidarity with Patricia’s protest for ‘Climate Justice’
Tuesday: Not Eating For Two
We’re all going to die.
‘The fact that we are sitting in [TDs’] seats today should serve as a massive embarrassment to them … as they have embarrassed this country on an international level when it comes to climate action.’ | https://t.co/R7I13q4fRb | #RTÉOnClimate #YouthAssembly pic.twitter.com/s9zEXmL40j
— RTÉ News (@rtenews) November 15, 2019
In the Dáil.
Ireland’s first Youth Assembly on climate change is taking place involving 157 delegates, ranging in age from 10 to 17, from across Ireland.
Watch live here
Meanwhile, on Today with Seán O’Rourke, presented by Miriam O’Callaghan…
A boy called Paddy, aged 10, who’s taking part in the assembly and who will be talking about the use of single-use plastic bottles, told Miriam:
“Well, it’s kind of, it’s like, you see this on TV. I’ve watched some of the Oireachtas TV before. And you think, like, you’re in there and it’s like a basin of politics squashed up and made into a stew.
“The chairs are all really, like, comfy and, really old, parliament-ish.
“I feel extremely excited. One because it’s the Dáil and two, because this is a chance to make a change in our civilisation.
“And we have to do it, unless you want to move to another planet. I quite like this planet.”
From top: Ireland under sea in 2050 as imagined for tonight’s show presented ; Gerard Fleming
In a stark message to be delivered tonight, former RTÉ weather presenter Gerard Fleming is set to warn “the sea will come and take them back”.
There is a set of circumstances adding up to such a threat that has every chance of happening before 2050, he says. Galway, Limerick, Waterford, Drogheda and Wexford are also vulnerable, Fleming points out, but Dublin and Cork “are where most of the assets are concentrated”.
Will Ireland Survive 2050? at 9.30pm on RTÉ1.
Montages: Eddie Sheanon/Midas Productions