Climate change is real. It is caused by greenhouse gases such as Carbon Dioxide and Methane (which is produced by cows and oil drilling). Greenhouse gases act as a transparent blanket. They let the sun’s heat in but do not let the earth cool down just like a greenhouse. The earth is warmer now than ever before and this affects all of us now and more importantly the next generation, our children and grandchildren.
All of this is preventable and simply about economics. Choose to spend your money with companies that are socially and environmentally aware. They all want your custom and money so make them work for your custom by telling them that the environment and social change is important to you. You are not helpless at all or voiceless. Revolution and change begin with each of our individual choices. Together we are unstoppable.
Impacts of climate change are happening now. These impacts extend well beyond an increase in temperature, affecting ecosystems and communities all around the world. Things that we depend upon and value such as Water, Energy, Transportation, Wildlife, Agriculture, Ecosystems, and Human health are experiencing the effects of a changing climate.
CLIMATE IS CHANGING VERY FAST TODAY AND THIS IS NOT NATURAL.
Our planet's climate is continually changing over time. Some periods in the past were considerably warmer while others significantly colder than recent temperatures and similar changes will happen in the future. Climate changes affect how living beings interact with each other and with the environment they live in.
Changes to water resources can have a significant impact on human being and the environment. Some regions are faced with drought, which is an essential factor affecting communities. Less snow accumulation in the mountains, where the snowpack stores water for later use. The frequency of heavy downpours has increased. In many regions, floods and water quality problems are likely to be worse because of climate change.
The changes in our water resources affect the living organisms around us. Time and again we hear that pollution has engulfed the water bodies around us. The tons of plastic and other wastes we see floating in these water bodies pose a massive risk to all the aquatic beings. These marine species tend to get entangled within the waste while swimming and end up dying. We have seen a significant impact of these changes on the coral reefs all around the world. The living organisms contribute towards healthy and beautiful coral reefs. The selfish human activities that corrupt the oceans have resulted in the depletion and destroying the coral reefs.
Our food supply depends on climate and weather conditions. Although agricultural practices may be adaptable, changes like increased temperatures, water stress, diseases, and weather extremes create challenges for the farmers and ranchers who put food on our tables.
The entire process of our food production is heavily dependant upon the environment and is continuously affected due to these climatic changes.
Our marine species are most affected; they are subjected to the pollution we let out into theses vast oceans. Due to this impact, we have witnessed a significant drop within the aquatic species. Our natural resources are depleting drastically due to wastage and negligence of humankind.
The constant use of preservatives and pesticides on raw food products have resulted in harmful reaction to our bodies. Our selfish acts have not only harmed humans but have significantly impacted the living being and around us.
Human health is vulnerable to climate change. The changing environment is expected to cause more heat stress, an increase in waterborne diseases, poor air quality, and diseases transmitted by insects and rodents. Extreme weather events can compound many of these health threats.
The recent outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic is an eye-opener to all around the world. We have seen thousands of people succumb to this deadly virus. The inception of such deadly diseases occurs due to vigorous developments and experimentations.
Our health is at a major risk today due to the rising water levels and melting of big ice glaciers and terrains. We are no strangers to flooding, and natural calamities, our selfish activities and redefining of our boundaries have created a significant rift within the environment around us and Mother nature is rightfully claiming what belongs to her.
Ecosystems are also affected by climate change. Habitats are being modified, the timing of events such as flowering and egg-laying are shifting, and species are altering their home ranges.
Changes are also occurring in the oceans across the world. The ocean absorbs about carbon dioxide that is released into the atmosphere from the burning of fossil fuels. As a result, the sea is becoming more acidic, affecting marine life. Rising sea levels due to thermal expansion and melting land ice sheets and glaciers put coastal areas at higher risk of erosion and storm surge.
How can you contribute towards curbing of Climatic changes?
In a planet with over 7.8 billion people, we all need to change our ways of living to minimize climate change. There are many ways that each of us can do our part. An excellent first step is to calculate your family’s carbon footprint. The carbon footprint measures how much CO2 we are emitting into the atmosphere over a specified period.
Few easy practices that can help in curbing climate changes are; do not buy things you do not need, unplug idle appliances and turn off the lights you are not using, take shorter showers, eat less meat, poultry, and fish and use your bike or public transportation instead of a car whenever possible.
Trees actively contribute to tackling climate change. Planting of trees is essential as they improve life and fulfil basic human needs. Trees help to combat global warming by absorbing carbon dioxide, removing and storing the carbon while releasing oxygen back into the air. They also reduce wind speeds and cool the air as they lose moisture and reflect heat upwards from their leaves. Other environmental benefits include the fact they help to prevent flooding and soil erosion, by absorbing thousands of litres of stormwater. Recently, we have heard and witnessed the catastrophe of the wildfires that have destroyed trees, wildlife and all the living organisms that depend on it. So, as you can see, humans, animals and the environment depend upon trees for survival. Therefore, as deforestation continues, we must put back what we are taking away. By planting more trees, it will contribute to global reforestation efforts, restoring lost forests, repairing damaged ecosystems and mitigating climate changes.
Another efficient way of contributing to the curbing of climatic change is investing in an environmentally conscious energy company. Besides saving the environment, you will also manage to save up on your electricity bills. These simple actions like these can make a big difference if enough of us perform them!