How long before it is too late?
Marine and climate experts say individual behaviour change remains key to a sustainable future
This month’s newsletter features stories across the geosciences that all ask a common question: how long before it is too late? As governments and organizations work to safeguard the environment, scientists stress the need for public behaviour change, starting today.
Imagine only half the number of snow cover days in the Alps by the end of the century! If greenhouse gas emissions remain high, new research predicts serious impacts on water availability and nature as we know it. The loss of snow would be particularly severe in the southern Alps, such as in Italy, Slovenia, and parts of France, with the south-west Alps especially badly hit.
Ocean scientist Céline Heuzé also advocates for education and behaviour change to protect marine health, which plays a crucial role in the climate system. “I would recommend that non-experts educate themselves, but be aware that there is no turning back and may lead you to feeling overwhelmed and powerless,” she explains, while giving examples how everyone can contribute to a sustainable ocean and planet.
We also spoke to Ilias Grampas, Manager of the European Parliament Intergroup (EP) on ‘Climate Change, Biodiversity and Sustainable Development’ and Deputy Director of the European Bureau for Conservation and Development (EBCD). Ilias tells us how the Intergroup helps bridge the gap between Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) and researchers, industry representatives, and the public through sustainable, science-based solutions.