After what happened in the US Open semifinal, climate activists demonstrated in front of the Capitol to demand an end to the use of fossil fuels. Precisely as a sign of request and protest, the activists are meeting for a march scheduled in New York on Sunday, in view of the summit on the climate ambitions of the United Nations on September 20th.
Activists protested outside the headquarters of BlackRock and Citibank, both leading fossil fuel services companies. The rally was one of more than 650 globally on climate issues taking place this week alone. Democratic Senator Jeff Merkley of Oregon said, as reported by the Guardian: "Clearly, saving the planet is the most important issue facing humanity.
But here's the ugly, brutal truth: Right now, humanity is failing The planet is crying out for help." Senator Ed Markey explained: "These are not isolated events. They are links in a chain, forged by our own decisions and by our own emissions.
Our country, our planet doesn't need more fossil fuel facilities or oil exports. What our country needs is an oil change once and for all." Keanu Arpels-Josiah, climate activist, said: "The march to end fossil fuels will be a historic, intergenerational and intersocietal march, making it clear that President Biden must restore his campaign promise and end the era fossil fuels now.
We voted for a climate president, not fossil fuel expansion." California Democratic Congresswoman Barbara Lee added: "I'm telling you that the rest of the world is looking at us because, unfortunately, we have been the polluters around the world.
If we don't meet our moral obligation to address climate change, we can't expect that neither do other nations."
Fossil fuels and CO2 impact
The use of fossil fuels contributes to the increase in CO2 and global warming.
Analyzing global data on CO2 emissions, it is clear that some countries have a greater impact than others. Currently, the countries that emit the largest amount of CO2 are China, the United States and India, in that order. However, if we consider the overall quantity of CO2 emitted into the atmosphere over the course of history, the picture changes.
The United States leads the list, followed by China and Russia. Finally, if we examine the impact of CO2 emissions in relation to the population, i.e. we evaluate the quantity of CO2 produced per inhabitant, the nations that stand out are Qatar, Bahrain and Kuwait.
The United States contains less than 5% of the world's population, but because of large homes and private automobiles, it uses more than a quarter of the world's fossil fuel production. In the United States, more than 90 percent of greenhouse gas emissions come from the burning of fossil fuels.
The burning of fossil fuels also produces other air pollutants, such as nitrogen oxides, sulfur dioxide, volatile organic compounds and heavy metals.