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Climate change is an imminent threat to all species

Climate change is an imminent threat to all species

We must accelerate building a resilient future for our very existence and for future generations. We must do this for ourselves and for wildlife.

Public health amidst a global pandemic is appropriately front and center in the news, our actions and the hearts and minds of the world. Within hours of taking office, the Biden administration recognized another health crisis and took swift action to prioritize the health of our planet by addressing climate change.

We applaud these actions, we are grateful, and we are full of hope for our blue planet.

Climate change is an imminent threat to all species — every plant, animal and human. It is the most omnipresent and existential challenge to our collective future.

Our waterways have long masked its impacts, with our ocean absorbing 25% of carbon dioxide generated by human activities, and more than 90% of excess heat. But these Earth system accommodations have come at a tremendous cost: they have altered the chemistry and temperature of the ocean, as well as our lakes and rivers, leaving aquatic life in a currently unwinnable race to adapt.

Climate change also has real, dangerous consequences for our collective well-being. In Chicago, this takes the form of flood risks, poor air and water quality and exposure to extreme temperatures facing some of our most vulnerable citizens. Congress shared a report last year recognizing that frontline communities – those that experience the consequences of climate change “first and worst” – are often black, brown and low-income communities, which have been disproportionately impacted for decades.
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