Photo by @haarbergphoto (Orsolya Haarberg)
Last week, mist appeared as ribbons of smoke, colored red by the sunset in the frost-covered spruce forest of the Muddus National Park. It has been a strange winter up here in North Sweden. The last big snowfall reached us in November and since then there has been little snow and we experienced regular huge fluctuations in temperature instead of stable cold winter weather characteristic to this area. Last week we were camping in the forest in -26 degrees C (which was without doubt cold enough in the sleeping bag), returning back to our house the temperature rose to +4 C within 48 hours. Record high temperatures have been measured for February over much of Lapland. What is going on? Based on statistics, climate warming is a fact.
How far will it go before we realize that we are all responsible for the climate change and to all that it is doing not only to the planet but also to our life on this planet? Do you try to travel less? Do you eat less meat, produce less rubbish, save energy? Does it ever cross your mind that we are truly too many on this planet?
It has been calculated that we only have 27% of the total amount of carbon pollution to emit (73% has already been emitted since 1870) if we want to keep global warming under 2 degrees C (relative to the period from 1861-1880). Are we going to manage this? And if we make it, is it enough to avoid the serious consequences of the changes we have already induced?
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