While southern Europe burns, temperature records in the United States tumbled this month at an alarming rate.
The records have fallen as more than 70 people have died in catastrophic wildfires that have raged outside Athens and sent people fleeing into the sea.
“The fire was lightning-fast. We didn’t realize what had happened. We couldn’t. It was the first time I’ve ever seen something like this. But we made it, we were like a bee colony in the sea, everybody standing next to each other. I would have liked to see some response from the state, but we didn’t—and we won’t—and that makes me angry.” — Nana Laganou
But Europe and North America aren’t alone.
Record heatwaves and extreme weather events have been plaguing nations across the world.
Japan, for example, suffered deadly flooding and a fatal heatwave within a month’s time.
The country also recorded the hottest ever temperature since accurate record-keeping began in the 1800s; a sweltering 106 degrees Fahrenheit.
Even the Arctic Circle has been sweating, with Scandinavian countries seeing highs of almost 90 degrees Fahrenheit.
With former coal lobbyist Andrew Wheeler now heading the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), it is more important than ever that we continue to pressure our representatives to stand for meaningful action on climate change.
The United States is responsible for at least 14.36% of global emissions and we are backtracking on our commitments to move towards a green energy economy.
While it may be true, however unfortunately, that the most vulnerable peoples and nations will suffer from our negligence first, do not allow yourself to think that it will never catch up to us.
This is a problem none of us will be able to escape, but one that will take each and every one of us to solve.