Earlier this year, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released a damning report outlining how badly the planet -- and by extension, us -- would be screwed if the world warmed by two degrees, the figure which forms the baseline of the Paris Agreement (you know, that thing America pulled out of). Shockingly, it's really bad. As in, entire major cities would disappear and millions of people would die or be displaced, which itself would give rise to the biggest refugee crisis ever. Therefore, the IPCC is recommending that we knuckle the fuck down and try to limit warming to 1.5 degrees -- a minuscule difference that would wind up saving the world.
However, accomplishing this would require major political action. It's nice that we're all recycling and cutting out plastics and stuff, but there's no getting away from the fact that 71 percent of global emissions are caused by only 100 companies -- including the oil and gas companies that have spent years promoting climate denial agitprop ... only to turn around and ask the government to spend billions funding the construction of seawalls along the Gulf Coast to protect refineries from rising sea levels.