If you’ve read any of our emails or blogs, you know we do our best to focus on what's going well in the world, and not what’s going wrong.
There are enough other organizations who focus on the doom and gloom.
Today is different.
A few days ago, the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) released its summary report.
Hundreds of the world’s leading scientists contributed to the report. It was signed by the 195 countries who are IPCC members.
The findings are alarming, so say the least.
In my opinion, it’s crucial that everyone is aware of these findings from hundreds of the world’s leading scientists.
In short, the planet is on 🔥🔥🔥
And not in a good way.
The most important takeaway is global warming is happening faster than expected.
The world will reach 1.5 degree Celsius temperature increase by early 2030, if we do not dramatically reduce carbon emissions.
That’s only 10 years from now.
Previously, the science said we needed to keep global warming to 1.5 degrees by 2050 in order to keep life on earth the way we are used to it.
Just look around to see the impacts of climate change that surrounds us:
- Central California is battling catastrophic flooding of its farm lands. Over 1,100 farms and ranches are underwater in the San Joaquin Valley county.
- Then yesterday, Mar 22, a bomb cyclone hit the San Francisco Bay area.
- I was fortunate enough to be in Costa Rica with my family last week. It rained every day. I’m not complaining about a little rain on our holiday. It is literally unheard of to have rain in the Nicoya region during March. It’s called the “dry” season for a reason. Every local I spoke to said they had never seen rain in March in their entire lifetime.
Even though we usually focus on what’s going well, today I wanted to bring the IPCC report to your attention.
From talking to people in my network, I found that very few people are aware of the IPCC report (in my circles at least).
I don’t know about you, but I can’t sit and wait for governments and policy makers to take action.
I need to take action in my own life.
If the 8 billion people on earth make small changes in their daily lives to reduce carbon emissions, the impact will be meaningful.
As people who have the privilege of living in North America, I think it’s up to those of us who can, to take action now.
Today, I have committed to:
- Never driving to work. I will walk, bike or take public transportation instead.
- Lowering my thermostat by 1.5 degrees Celsius during the winter months, and wearing a sweater in the house.
- Developing and launching more Weightless products that are liquidless, and that weigh ~32 times less than traditional liquid and powder detergents. This dramatically reduced the transportation emissions compared to shipping heavy liquid detergents around the world. Liquid detergents are 75% water, which is a waste because we have water in our homes, and that extra weight burns more fuel when it's shipped from the factories to the stores to our homes. I’m committed to giving people who want to reduce their carbon emission more options to consider.
- Donating a percent of profits to organizations who are decarbonizing the air and re-foresting our environment. Trees are nature's way of removing carbon from the air.
I ask you, the Weightless Community, to help hold me accountable to these 4 commitments. Ask me anytime for an update.
Yes, I have my own selfish motives - I want my children and all children to inherit a healthy planet. I want to leave the earth in better shape than we all found it.
I hope future generations get to experience the wonders of nature that I have been privileged to experience - from skiing in Colorado, to surfing in Costa Rica, to canoeing in Ontario.
Nature is our greatest teacher, and playground, if we'll just let her thrive.
Thanks for reading.
It would be great to hear from you in the comments. Especially any ideas or actions you have for reducing carbon emissions. All feedback is welcome.
Until the next time,
Jamil al Jabri
Founder, Weightless Clean