For this project, I worked with the World Wildlife Fund to create animated illustrations depicting the effects – and ways to combat – climate change.
Here’s what’s at stake if we limit warming to 1.5° C versus 2° C.
Increase in flood risk
Global warming increases the risk of more frequent—and heavier—rainfall, snowfall, and other precipitation. And as that risk increases, so too does the risk of flooding.
Ice-free Arctic summers
Arctic sea ice recedes every summer, but still covers millions of square miles of ocean today. But the Arctic is warming faster than anywhere else on Earth and ice-free summers could become a reality.
People exposed to extreme heat waves every 5 years
Heat waves will become more frequent and severe around the world, affecting hundreds of millions—or even billions—of people if we don’t act.
Sea level rise by 2100
Rising sea levels could impact tens of millions of people and wildlife around the world, particularly those living on coasts and islands.
Plants and animals at risk of losing more than half of their habitats
As the earth continues to warm, crucial habitats may no longer be hospitable for certain animals or plants. This puts a variety of species at risk, depending on whether they can adapt or move.
*Animals with a backbone
Coral reefs at risk of severe degradation by 2100
Changes in water temperature causes algae to leave coral reefs, turning them white and making them vulnerable to disease and death—a phenomenon known as coral bleaching.
Here are a few ideas for reducing your carbon footprint.
If you own your own house, consider getting solar panels or looking into community solar projects in your area. Also, check if your utilities offer renewable energy options (most do) and make the switch. As renewable energy prices drop, this change can have little to no effect on your bills.
Reduce the fossil fuel impact of your daily commute to work or school by riding your bike, carpooling, or using public transportation one or more days per week.
Take a hard look at household food waste in your home and commit to cutting it from its current level. Only buy what you need and eat what you buy.