Why it's time to turn over a New Leaf
We are already starting to experience the effects of climate change, with extreme heatwaves becoming more common, increases in heavy rain and flooding, rising sea levels and wildfires occurring at a rate and scale not seen in the last 10,000 years.
The world’s leading climate scientists have warned that we only have until 2030 to prevent irreversible damage from climate change.
Limiting global warming to 1.5°C is necessary to prevent irreversible damage and will require ‘rapid, far-reaching and unprecedented changes to all aspects of society’ – The United Nations
The effects of climate change extend beyond extreme weather events. Increased levels of CO2 are speeding up photosynthesis, causing plants to grow with more sugar and less calcium, protein, zinc and important vitamins. As a result our fruit and vegetables are becoming less nutritious. Crops are also becoming more difficult to grow, leading to lower availability and higher prices, from wheat and coffee to peaches and corn.
Learn more about greenhouse gases and the effects they are having on our planet. Discover the threats posed by our use of plastics and water resources and how these interconnect with climate change.
The UK government declared a climate emergency in May 2019, and Winchester City Council followed in June.
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Evidence of the ways greenhouse gases and subsequent global warming are affecting the planet continues to grow.
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As well as polluting our waterways and oceans, our use of plastic is a major contributor to global warming.
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We are at risk of water shortages within the next 25 years.
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