It is fair to say that our knowledge of the impact of climate change on human mortality is imprecise. However, we know it is already causing additional deaths every year.
Many impacts of climate change — such as “more frequent and more extreme” weather events, new and more vigorous diseases, and so forth — generate risks to human life …
- Heat waves
- Vector-borne diseases
- Conflict over increasingly-scarce resources
The World Health Organisation estimates that between 2030 and 2050, there will be an additional 250,000 deaths per annum because of climate change. As the phenomenon worsens, the number will rise.
When we vote for politicians who do not tackle climate change aggressively or, worse, implement policies that entrench carbon-based technologies and industries, we are, collectively, actively contributing to these deaths.
Of real people, with names, with families, with hopes, with desires.
How is that a price worth paying for … whatever it is we think we get for climate-denying policies, when there are alternative ways of achieving our aims?
This week, key decision-makers in the U.S. — people who are in positions where being uninformed is simply inexcusable — are singing from the rafters, “We want to contribute to these deaths”.
That vulgarity is the inescapable conclusion of the facts.