Our planet

Graphic by Bruna Costa

April 22 is Earth Day, a time to celebrate our planet – but also call attention to the fact planets die, and this one is on life support. If we do not work together, we will not have a place to live. Earth is very likely to die before we can inhabit another planet. Significant scientific analysis and data support this fact.

On March 11, Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) addressed the Senate on this issue. According to Whitehouse, out of 1,200 analytical scenarios, only 11 would allow us to bring global warming back under 1.5 degrees Celsius. I was there watching that Senate session. I was shocked this warning was not on news channels (and still has not been publicly discussed). I bring this news to you all now because we can only achieve change if we work together.

Carbon capture technology, large-scale air filtration plants, and a ‘pollution tax’ are viable methods to keep Earth habitable. But greed is keeping the government from funding these solutions, including Whitehouse’s Clean Competition Act and its companion about methane reduction. I love the Earth. I want to keep living on it. It pains me to think I won’t get the chance to raise children. We will all lose the Earth if we all do not agree to fix the only planet we have.

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