Climate Chaos @ 400ppm

World levels of CO2 recently passed 400 ppm.  So here is a revised and updated version of an old subvert I made in 2007:

Climate Chaos - a graphic comparing global temperature change with Carbon Dioxide levels, for the last 400,000 years.

Climate Chaos – a graphic comparing global temperature change with Carbon Dioxide levels, for the last 400,000 years.

This diagram shows the strong link between rises in CO2 and rises in global Temperature.  CO2 has now exceeded 400 parts per million by volume (pppmv) which has not happened in the last half a million years.  The last time CO2 was this high, the world’s oceans were approximately 20meters higher – that’s 66 feet!  Coca-cola adverts used to start “I’d like to teach the world to sing”.  I now say “I’d like to teach the world to SWIM!” – as a symbol of the need to learn new ways to survive the many changes that climate chaos will bring us.  See more of my climate art on my old website.

We need to stop adding to the problem: shut down the fossil fuel industry, stop flying, eat local vegetables and learn to live simply. The so-called 1% are responsible for about half of human CO2 emissions yet it’s the poorest people who suffer most and first from climate chaos – therefore we need to demand Climate Justice.  And we also need to prepare for a very tough future: reskill for a low-carbon economy, help front-line communities prepare for the worst and help people and animals prepare for a changing habitat.  As Ralph Nader so aptly put it:

“We need to learn to be good ancestors”

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