Man made climate change is now impacting our communities, our welfare and our safety. Our environment is rapidly becoming unsafe.
The relentless increase in carbon dioxide pollution These images from co2levels.org and Bureau of Metrology State of the Climate report demonstrate the increase in CO2 concentration in the atmosphere.
So what is your risk? CO2 has gone from 280ppm (the natural level) to 420ppm caused by humans. While "parts per million" may seem small, the trajectory with increasing change each year.
Often discussion in the media claims that this is a problem for the future, but at the current rate of increase you can see the problem is upon us now.
Many governments around the world are pledging net zero by 2050 or 2060, but what will the CO2 level be by then? If it rises 30ppm per decade, the level could be 450ppm by 2030, 480ppm by 2040, and 510ppm by 2050!
So what is your risk?
Is it the insurability of your home? Do you live somewhere exposed to bushfire? Flooding? Flash flooding? Sea surges? Can you afford for your insurance premiums to rise? If you lost everything, might you be unable to afford to rebuild? Might you be barred?
Is it heat death? as summer heatwaves become hotter and more frequent, can your body adjust enough to keep you physically well? or are you at risk of heat stress, and possibly death? Are your parents at risk? or your children?
What else could it be?
How breathable is our future atmosphere? If air quality inside a building gets over 1000ppm CO2, you have an air quality problem. Having CO2 in the atmosphere at over 500ppm is a big problem. And right now, that is where we are heading.