Over the past few weeks, EVSC1559 students have been collecting pieces of UVA’s shared climate story.
Tabling on multiple locations on grounds, WriteClimate students asked people to write out on recycled pieces of paper excerpts from climate science and climate policy, as well as why they care about climate change and/or what they plan to do about climate change. We then assembled them in Clark Hall to spell “2030.” Why 2030? The year 2030 is our deadline to act on climate change before it is too late.
According to the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, we must reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 50% below 2010 levels to avoid 1.5 degrees Celsius of warming. Warming beyond 1.5 degrees Celsius is expected to present us with a dangerous world: storms growing even more powerful, oceans becoming more acidic, and uncontrollable wildfires, to name a few. A world limited to 1.5 degrees Celsius of warming is a world in which we can live happily and healthily. To achieve this, we must act by 2030.
Stop by Clark Hall this week and #writeclimate to tell us and the UVA community why we should have the #rightclimate!