Jo Whitfield: ‘We can’t simply rely on consumers to shop our way out of the climate disaster’

Jo Whitfield

The global response to the pandemic has shown us what we can achieve when the need is great and urgent enough. The response to climate change will require an even greater level of global co-operation.

The consequences of climate change are increasingly highlighted through the extreme weather patterns experienced across the world. 

Droughts, floods and storms are now more frequent and intense. Ice caps are melting and sea levels are rising at an increasing rate, which significantly intensifies the impact of coastal storm surges across the globe.

We know that if we don’t limit global warming to below 1.5 degrees of pre-industrial levels then it will accelerate exponentially, and huge areas of land will become increasingly less inhabitable. 

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