How Can Global Temperatures Be Stabilized?

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“FAO Strategy on Climate Change. Rome, July 2017. We have a window of opportunity to stabilize global temperatures to safe levels but we must act now.”

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The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) states in its updated strategy (Rome, July 2017) that “we have a window of opportunity to stabilize global temperatures to safe levels but we must act now”.

What does this signify? What kinds of measures can and should be taken in order to achieve this goal?

First of all, climate (change) research indicates that the Earth´s climate is changing rapidly due to anthropogenic climate change, i.e. drastic changes on our planet, caused by human activities such as releasing immense amounts of greenhouse gases into our Earth´s atmosphere. As a consequence of these changes, responsible businesses, individuals and organizations around the world are taking rapid action in order to halt this development, and, hopefully, being able to turn it around in order to ensure us, and future generations, a planet where life can continue to exist and to thrive.

One major effort in our combat against climate change is the Paris Agreement, which was signed and adopted by 195 countries in December 2015. According to the Paris Agreement, countries have agreed upon taking necessary actions against dangerous climate change by limiting global warming, and keeping it well below 2°C. Being responsible for majority of greenhouse gas emissions, developed/industrialized countries carry the heaviest responsibilities in taking measures to halt the warming of our planet. Some countries, including Denmark and Sweden, are in fact more ambitious in their measures towards creating a sustainable environment and economy, suggesting that the Paris Agreement, in addition to what has been agreed and compromised upon, acts simultaneously as a guideline, whereby each country naturally is allowed to transform their economy sustainably to a level well above the Paris Agreement.

Some key factors to stabilizing local/global temperatures are:

  • Drastic reduction of greenhouse gas emissions
  • Overall action towards ecological/environmentally friendly solutions
  • Smart urban planning, see e.g. smart cities
  • Sustainable agricultural and farming practices
  • Transformation of the energy sector
  • Environmental protection, e.g. responsible forestry and minimizing deforestation

Watch SciShow´s “A History of Earth´s Climate” to gain more understanding about the difference between general climate change AND anthropogenic climate change:

 

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Anne-Maria Yritys

Anne-Maria Yritys is an authentic, passionate, inspired and multilingual business development manager, creative director, consultant and strategic change leader at Y.E.S. Yritys Executive Services. She is an active (online) networker and social media strategist with one of the Nordic´s largest personal LinkedIn networks. With a vast global following on Twitter, she is also Finland´s most followed business person on Twitter, and one of the country´s most active Tweeters @annemariayritys With her vast international experiences and love for sustainable development, she is a Global Citizen who values ethical leadership and responsible decision-making. She believes in advanced communication, empowerment, continuous development and higher learning leading to sustainable economic development and a sustainable future in individuals, organizations and nations across our Globe. Her mission and vision include accelerating positive change through effective change communication and leadership. She helps businesses and organizations through client/customer-oriented demands with tailored strategy consultations. She can also be booked for public speaking events. To find out more about Anne-Maria and to see how she may be of service to your business needs, please get in touch. Twitter: @annemariayritys @GCCThinkActTank @LeadingWPassion @AroundOMedia

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