2020 was the second-warmest year on record, according to The New Scientist. “With a mean temperature 1.2°C above the pre-industrial average,” we are feeling the effects all around the globe. From rising temperatures, loss of ice cover, rising sea levels. extreme droughts to floods and storms, our home is undergoing severe changes.
From the President of the United States, Queen Elizabeth, Prince William and the Pope, they are all talking about climate change. Here is what the most influential people are saying about our future on this planet:
President Joe Biden will discuss climate change with Pope Francis
From The United States to the Vatican – October 29th, 2021 will be the first time President Joe Biden and Pope Francis will be meeting since Biden took office. White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said they will be discussing the climate crisis prior to the international climate summits in Glasgow, Scotland.
Prince William suggests entrepreneurs should focus on saving the environment rather than space tourism
The Duke of Cambridge recently funded a new global price for the environment called the Earthshot Price, where each winner receives a grant of £1 million to continue their environmental work. During the event, Prince William suggested great brains and minds to “be trying to repair this planet, not trying to find the next place to go and live,” addressing the current space race. He added how crucial it is to focus on solutions for this planet instead of thinking of space as a solution.
Queen Elizabeth reminds world leaders of their shared responsibility to address climate change
In preparation for the United Nations Climate Change conference (COP26) in Glasgow, Queen Elizabeth hosted a reception at Windsor Castle. World leaders such as Bill Gates, UK President Boris Johnson and John Kerry, United States Special Presidential Envoy for Climate were invited. During the event, the Queen used examples to remind leaders of the technologies and transformation the world has accomplished when leaders come together.
“The challenge of today is not in breaking a code. It is in working together across the globe to avert the challenges of climate change,” she said.
Apple’s new climate change anthology series ‘Extrapolations’ will tell stories of how climate change will affect our daily lives
The Apple TV series will focus on telling a climate change story that will affect us all on a personal and human level and will show the fight for survival in the 21st century. The series is now in production and will include a cast of stars as Meryl Streep, Sienna Miller and Kit Harington. Producers and writers intend to portray a world where the changes produced by climate change will cause pain in our personal lives, arguing that climate change will sooner or later affect us all together.
Leading Ambassador Greta Thunberg, reminds us that we can sing and dance to share a powerful message
At a Climate Live concert in Stockholm, Greta Thunberg took the stage to sing “Never Gonna Give You Up.” This was after Thunberg’s famous criticism of global leaders for “failing to meet funding pledges to help poor nations adapt to a warming Earth” and for delivering too much “blah blah blah,” making reference to all the talking with no action. “Emissions are still rising, science doesn’t lie,” she shared, and invited young people to keep up the fight to save their planet.
From the most powerful leaders to Hollywood and activists, climate change is on top of their agendas as an invitation for us to be informed, accept the reality, and take action on our future.