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Scotland just became the first country to declare a climate emergency.

“They want governments around the world to declare a climate emergency. They say that’s what the science tells us, and they are right.”

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If there was ever a time to panic about climate change, it would be now. Temperatures have demonstrably risen over the past decades, and in October, the United Nations warned that we only had 12 (now 11) years until climate change becomes irreversible. It’s clear that we should have taken action a long time ago, but at this point, we have to effect change ASAP. Luckily, some countries are starting to realize this—like Scotland.

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