By Jake Woodier, a climate and social activist with the UK Youth Climate Coalition
We may look back at 2018 as the defining year that awoke many in the western world to the grave reality of the impact we’re having on the planet.
Record-breaking temperatures, increasing frequency of extreme weather events, droughts, floods, widespread crop failure and the fastest mass-extinction event in history. These are just a few of the myriad and complex effects of climate change happening right now. What’s more, rampant fossil fuel extraction, intensive animal agriculture, deforestation, and expansion of transport and aviation often go toward fueling Western lifestyles.