July 2015 was the hottest month this planet has seen and this year is predicted to be the hottest on record. This is considered one of the many definitive proofs that the planet is getting warmer.
But why do we need extra proof? The science has been shoved in our faces for years.
The atoll nations in the Pacific such as Kiribati and Tuvalu are clearly sinking. Imagine if the land your ancestors are buried in ends up in the ocean and you had to leave. Last year Kiribati purchased 20km of land in Fiji to resettle their people for when their islands become inhabitable.
This is the reality of what we’re doing to our planet. This is a human rights issue as well as an environmental issue. No one should have to leave their homes because of forces beyond their control. Pacific nations aren’t even the ones causing global warning yet they’re the ones paying the ultimate price.
For decades the world leaders have been saying we need to do something about climate change. But what exactly are we going to do? How much do we have to destroy ourselves before we genuinely put human rights before industrial expansion?