What if everyone on the planet said no to their gas powered car right now and and not just cars, gas dryers, water heaters, gas stoves, lawnmowers What if we stopped burning fossil fuels all at once would this make our lives that much more inconvenient? What would happen to the climate? Could it help us beat global warming? This is what if and here’s what would happen if we stop burning fossil fuels right now So you probably know that fossil fuels are spewing carbon dioxide into our air co2 stays in our atmosphere and heats up the Earth’s surface the greenhouse effect the main cause of that climate change everyone’s talking about The earth is an average of one degree hotter than it was in the 1880s before our factories started belching greenhouse gases into the air Doesn’t seem that bad. Well, it only took a four degree increase to put an end to the most recent ice age 12,000 years ago With all our power plants cars and appliances. We humans are the main cause of today’s global warming What if we banded together and eliminated the use of fossil fuels once and for all? Would this be the solution to climate change? Want to know what life would be like if we stopped burning fossil fuels right now? First off there would be no transportation no cars. No trains no planes. No ships Nothing, your local grocery store wouldn’t get fresh food delivered for you to buy your electric car would likely be useless to Why but just think about where your electricity comes from? Did you know more than two-thirds of the world’s electricity production comes from burning fossil fuels? So there would be no electricity? not quite with one-third of electric power generated by renewables and nuclear stations We wouldn’t go completely electricity free the party would still be going strong in countries like Costa Rica Norway and Iceland they run almost Exclusively on renewable our so head there if you need to charge your phone The fossil fuel industries would cease to exist so with their five trillion dollars of annual revenue It’s not just large energy producers like Russian Gazprom or American ExxonMobil who would go bankrupt Millions of people are employed in those industries who would lose their jobs Coal miners may want to get some training and solar panel installation Say goodbye to plastics and a lot of your favorite gadgets Since plastic is made from oil and gas we wouldn’t be making any more new toys Eliminating a stable and cheap source of energy right now seems a bit extreme What’s more it wouldn’t solve our climate change problem and on the short-term the global warming we’ve already inflicted on our planet is irreversible Even if we stop burning fossil fuels the earth would continue warming up for another few decades because of all the heat we’ve already produced Global temperatures would climb finally stabilizing at a level much higher than we’ve ever known Although that’s far into the future. The reality is if we don’t start burning less fossil fuels now the result would be devastating Luckily or not someday, we’ll run out of non-renewable coal gas and oil. Anyway. Are you ready to rock some solar panels yet? How do you help combat climate change?