The time is not tomorrow, the time is now

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Many explorers, travel writers, photographers, and artists have been inspired by the glacial beauty of the Arctic over the years. Whether it is the vast ice sheets that cover much of the region’s landscape, the amazing array of wildlife to be found there or the stunning Northern Lights that illuminate its skies, the mysterious sights of this area have never failed to enthrall all those who witness them. Sadly, however, many parts of the region are under serious threat of disappearing forever, thanks to the human-created phenomenon of climate change.

Most of the people on Earth, at least those who have not been convinced by corrupt politicians at the hands of large powerful corporations who deny the existence of climate change, agree that climate change is a serious problem that we need to face as rapidly as possible. Even so, we all assume that someone, one day, will solve the problem (or that magically, climate change will be solved itself) . Since most of the environmental problems need a huge movement that changes whole lifestyles unlike other movements, we tend to just ignore them or make them less important and continue with our lives (because, i know, we're always busy with our lives). But the truth is that climate change is happening while you're reading this, and as time passes by it's becoming more irreversible and destructive to the Earth.

It's the fact that is melting ice layers and releasing huge amounts of methane trapped in the arctic permafrost, is destroying animal habitats, is causing ocean acidification, is changing weather, ecosystems and ocean's natural currents, is bleaching reefs and killing thousands of other living beings. In fact, the current rate of extinction of species is 1000 times higher than the natural rate. There is now more carbon dioxide in the atmosphere than there has been for the past 800,000 years, and according to NASA, the world has gotten three degrees warmer within the last hundred years. All of this extra heat is melting the glaciers at the astounding rate of 8.8 million acres per year.

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2018 UPDATE

When I started this petition, three years ago, The Great Barrier Reef was  struggling for its life and all the life that carries. Today in 2018, the World's largest living structure which is the Reef, has almost been totally bleached. In a study published by the journal Nature scientists report that nearly one-third of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, one of the world’s largest living structures, was killed when ocean temperatures spiked in 2016. The underwater heat wave that damaged large areas of the Great Barrier Reef this 2018 has scientists wondering if it will ever be the same again. “The reef is changing faster than anyone thought it would,” Terry P. Hughes, the lead author of the study and the director of a government-funded center for coral reef studies at James Cook University in Queensland, told the New York Times.

Rising ocean temperatures result in coral reefs bleaching, which is a process where the coral’s colorful, symbiotic algae that help keep it nourished dies off. The coral’s white skeleton is left behind and because it doesn’t have a source of nourishment, it becomes more susceptible to disease that can prohibit future growth. Without new growth, the coral dies.

Austraila’s Great Barrier Reef is home to thousands of species, including sharks, turtles, and whales. The scientists noted that if greenhouse gas emissions continue at their current rate, the reef will be unrecognizable.

This is just one exemple of the cost of our lifestyles and it clearly shows how fast this cost is being paid

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The fact that our unsustainable capitalist consumption patterns are causing climate change is now well established. It is clear that our unbridled exploitation of the planet’s resources for meat consumption and the benefit of all types of industry is causing irreversible damage. It was recently reported that human-generated greenhouse gas emissions have even managed to cancel the next ice age, scheduled to take place in 50,000 years’ time.

We need to change the way we are acting on the planet. The goals of the 2015 Paris agreement, although they weren't enough, are far from being reached. With this petition I ask the EU a series of fast and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society, and I want to make them sure that all of us do care about this issue. Time matters, and we don't have much.

If you sign my petition you will receive updates with recent news about the topic and about my campaign. If you want to read the letter adressed to the EU you can write an email to delete.extinction@gmail.com

Portrait video from National Geographic channel.