- Many environmentalists and politicians believe that global...
Many environmentalists and politicians believe that global warming should be the most important political issue of our times. Write your response to this belief, with reference to other important issues facing the world today. Illustrate your essay with specific examples.
Global warming generates changes in the climate which will
affect and have multiple implications both to the natural
environments and human livelihoods. Policymakers need objective
sources of information about the causes of climate change, its
potential environmental, social and economic consequences and the
adaptation and mitigation options to respond to it.
Global warming - the greenhouse gas effect
In the case of the UK, the issue of taking actions towards
addressing climate change has been thoroughly studied. The outcome
of that analysis was the Stern Report, which evaluated the economic
impacts of precautionary measures and mentioned that, although
there are no absolute predictions on the consequence of climate
change, there is sufficient knowledge base to understand the risks
of possible consequences. It stated that mitigation should be seen
as an investment to prevent those risks, rather than costs. The
reviews conclude that the benefits of strong, early action
considerably outweigh the costs.
Global warming is a "cross-cutting issue" which affects the
environment, societies and economies. To conclude, global warming
has the potential to generate disruptive changes in human
lifestyles in the centuries to come. Thus, it should be considered
the biggest challenge for humanity of our times. Actions to reduce
the risks and adapt to the changes are being taken globally but
more efforts are required. Measures promoted by international,
multi-government organisations will allow the global society to
take concerted actions to address this pressing issue.