A recently released draft of the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Synthesis Report concluded that anthropogenic climate disruption (ACD) is fully upon us, will dramatically worsen unless something is done immediately - and that something is on the level of a wartime response. The report noted that ACD is "severe ... pervasive ... irreversible."
The authors of the draft report used the word "risk" 351 times, "vulnerable" or "vulnerability" 61 times, and "irreversible" 48 times, and added: "The report found that companies and governments had identified reserves of these [fossil] fuels at least four times larger than could safely be burned if global warming is to be kept to a tolerable level."
The world is already on track to be at least 4 degrees Celsius warmer before the end of the century due to missed carbon targets, while incredibly, worry over short-term costs of investments to address the risks resulting from runaway ACD continues to paralyze any meaningful action toward its mitigation.
If Naomi Klein did not exist, we would have to invent her. With her new book on climate change, This Changes Everything, she lays out a nearly bullet-proof argument, not only about what we have to do to save ourselves, but also - perhaps more essentially - about why it's reasonable to believe that we might in fact do these things.
At the largest climate march in history, which saw some 310,000 people converge on New York City streets on September 21, individual activists and organizations made a point to tie climate disruption to those seen as most responsible - major corporations, the financial industry and the governments that allow them to pollute with impunity.