Climate change cannot be ignored any more

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The year 2030. That’s as long as we’ve got to get our planet in order. According to a landmark report issued on Monday by the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), we are all now collectively at tipping point when it comes to global warming. And unless we manage to prevent global warming from going over 1.5 degrees Celsius, we face significantly worsened risks of extreme heat, drought, floods and poverty for hundreds of millions of people. Clearly, the IPCC report is the most damning yet of our collective efforts to try and halt the warming of our planet – and it serves as a clarion call for action by the world’s governments to meet their commitments on climate change. Failure to do so sets this planet on a course for slow cataclysmic self-destruction by 2040. Should we collectively fail, weather events will become more extreme and happen more often, making it more difficult and much more expensive to maintain normalcy. Whether it be in building a nuclear generating plant at Al Barakah or through the construction of solar parks, the provision of district cooling schemes, the promotion of electric and alternatively-fuelled vehicles, the development of extensive rail, metro and public transit networks, the introduction of smart meters and billing by public utility companies, urging the conservation of water supplies and by offering recycling options – all of these initiatives together show the commitment to reducing our carbon footprint at every level of government. We all too have a part to play – one that’s more critical than ever before. Turn it off, switch it off, take public transport and make a green choice. Our future depends on it.

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