The Climate Clock, 6 Years to Educate the World

 At Sherpa we are fundamental believers in not just teaching high quality academic content; but additionally raising awareness for the protection of the environment. Many of our blogs talk about the effects of climate change and what one can do to mitigate the risks of global warming. 


The Climate Clock


Climate activists who took part in the climate week in New York have unveiled an eye opening ‘Climate Clock’. The main emphasis of this clock is to provide a strong statement to the government to tackle down harder on climate change. 



Instead of showing the time, the climate clock predicts the time humans have left on the planet before an environmental disaster occurs; currently at 5 years and 250 days. Having a countdown in place provides an incentive to all communities to act sooner rather than later. This is important to consider as it is a visual alarm to all people in New York to become aware of a potential climate disaster. To learn more about the effects of climate change from an online tutor, book an online learning session with one of our chemistry tutors here. 


This clock follows the methodology of the carbon clock made by the Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change (MCC) which uses data from the recent IPCC Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5°C. The report states that starting from 2018, a carbon dioxide budget of 420 Gt of CO2 gives us a 67% chance to stay under 1.5°C of warming.



Why Spread Awareness of Climate Change?



This momentum for raising awareness of climate change is becoming a highly centralised pattern in many regions across the world. This comes with a large focus targeted towards governments globally to force them to take swift action in reducing greenhouse gas emissions.


The need for urgent changes can be proven by recent environmental disasters. For instance, the Australian wildfires in early 2020 have been declared one of the worst wildlife disasters in modern history. It is estimated that over 46 million acres were burnt and nearly 3 billion animals were affected. This is just one example; and it is important to note environmental disasters are worsening. As a result, urgent change is required from governments to force people to become more green to save the environment. 

Image for postOrange San Francisco skies due to the raging wildfires, 2020



Education and Climate Change

Not only is the climate clock in New York, it is also supported and advocated by other climate campaigners. For example, climate activist Greta Thunberg has a miniature version of the clock as a reminder of the impacts humans are making on the environment.


Greta is one of the most well-known young activists. By her name becoming a symbol for the climate clock; it is likely many people will follow her green lifestyle. Book online sessions with our GCSE Chemistry tutors and A-level Chemistry tutors at Sherpa in order to gain a much deeper understanding of climate disasters. 


Children today have a much better understanding of the effects humans are having on the environment because it is often first taught in GCSE exams and taught in more detail at high level chemistry. It is important to grasp an understanding of climate change from a young age because they are able to understand how development of new technologies can help us reach our goal of a sustainable society. 


With increased effort spent on lowering individual carbon footprint, people are grateful for the education schools and universities are providing. GCSE and A-level Science, Geography and PSHE classes all offer advice to reduce one’s carbon image. A search for greener technologies has created environmentally focused students hungry to make a difference. Check out this video here to understand climate change in more detail. 


How to Reduce Climate Change? 


Reducing climate change is an essential component of all human lives to help save the planet. Not only can you receive Chemistry tuition from our online qualified teachers at Sherpa; you can also change your current behaviour. Firstly, with many new technologies; lots of people are beginning to buy electric cars in an effort to stop pollution. Electric cars are run by batteries and therefore when in motion they do not pollute. 


Secondly, more people can recycle plastics and glass bottles to ensure they do not add to the environment. According to David Attenborough, humans dump about 8 million tonnes of plastic in the ocean every year. This causes marine life to choke and reefs to suffer. If everyone recycles, we can help reduce these levels and save the marine life that lives within the precious oceans. 



To learn about the planet’s climate needs and rediscover your interest in science, check out our experienced tutors and interactive online tuition classes at Sherpa.

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Sebastian Owen

19th October

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