Climate Disruption

Climate disruption, or climate chaos, is another word for climate change – that we believe better encapsulates humanity’s impact on the changing atmosphere, oceans, & communities across the globe.

As greenhouse gases due to emissions from industrialized society rise, we have entered an entirely new geologic epoch known as the Anthropocene – in which humans are the main drivers of all planetary change. Humans are releasing carbon into the atmosphere 1 million times faster than the planet’s natural rate.

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What causes climate disruption? Climate disruption is caused by emissions released from industrial activities, such as transportation, mechanized agriculture, mass consumerism, & militarization. It is also caused by timber production and land use conflict caused by mass deforestation, that eliminates the Earth’s natural carbon sinks. As temperatures warm in the Arctic, feedback loops – such as less reflective surfaces & melting permafrost – drive further climate disruption, without human intervention.

What are the effects of climate disruption? Climate disruption presents huge impacts on public health, national security, political stability, social freedoms & democracy, ecology. The results of climate chaos include: Warming arctic temperatures that change ocean currents & weather around the world; intensifying & more frequent weather events; diminished topsoil & decreased food security; forced removal & refugee conflicts; increased air pollution & public health concerns; deepened injustice & poverty; and biodiversity & species loss.

What can we do? International leaders have failed to create a ubiquitous sense of hope against this mounting crisis. We need community-based change, that empowers action from individuals & civil governments. Cities across the United States are already going carbon-free, while tackling fundamental issues of social injustice.

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