Climate change is real and it is happening but seems like we are not doing anything. I want to use this platform to educate others about climate change.
Governments are putting together policies but more focus is given to activities that promote the production of greenhouse gasses. If we as individuals don’t work towards solving, there is no hope for planet earth. Let me paint a picture of what earth would look like in 2050.
In the complicated life, you’re leading all you want to do is stop for a second. And breathe fresh air but simply couldn’t do so. Why? because the air is hot, heavy, and depending on the day, clogged with particulate pollution. Then your eyes often water. Your cough never seems to disappear.
Our world is getting hotter and hotter by the minute. An irreversible development now utterly beyond our control. Advancing deserts everywhere. There is no more greenery but red hot forest fires. We have already passed tipping points, like The Great Melting of the Arctic sea ice, which used to reflect the sun’s heat.
To cool off, you take a trip to Australia for some scuba diving. You see the beautiful, life-supporting great barrier coral reefs have vanished. And your legs are caught in plastic bags, consequently, you start drowning.
You turn on the news to see Coastal cities in Bangladesh, Mexico, the United States, and elsewhere have suffered brutal infrastructure destruction.
Diseases such as malaria, dengue, cholera, respiratory illnesses, and malnutrition are rampant. You see Sick people fleeing to hospitals in hope of a cure. But to their horror, there is no hospital.
Because multiple disasters are often happening simultaneously, it can take weeks or even months for basic food and water relief to reach areas pummeled by extreme floods. At the end of the story, there is no chance you survive. The story isn’t pretty appealing, right?
What are some signs of climate change that our planet earth has been telling us for years now:
Look around you, is it the same perhaps 10 years ago? or 20 years ago? No, we have seen a lot of changes for good and a lot of changes which are bad. Although scientists have been able to link these changes to a particular cause, many of us fail to understand many of them are because of climate change. I have listed below a few of them, go on, read them…
1. Global Temperature Rise: The planet’s average surface temperature has risen about 2.12 degrees Fahrenheit (1.18 degrees Celsius) since the late 19th century
2. Warm oceans: The ocean has absorbed much of this increased heat, with the top 100 meters (about 328 feet) of ocean showing warming of more than 0.6 degrees Fahrenheit (0.33 degrees Celsius) since 1969.
3. Shrinking ice sheets: The Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets have decreased in mass. Data from NASA’s Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment show Greenland lost an average of 279 billion tons of ice per year between 1993 and 2019, while Antarctica lost about 148 billion tons of ice per year.
4. Glacial retreat: Glaciers are retreating almost everywhere around the world — including in the Alps, Himalayas, Andes, Rockies, Alaska, and Africa.
5. Decreased snow cover: Satellite observations reveal that the amount of spring snow cover in the Northern Hemisphere has decreased over the past five decades and the snow is melting earlier.
oh wait there’s more!
6. Sea level rise: Global sea level rose about 8 inches (20 centimeters) in the last century
7. Declining arctic sea level: Both the extent and thickness of Arctic sea ice has declined rapidly over the last several decades
8. Extreme events: there have been high-temperature records and intense rainfalls, forest fires everywhere, and extreme floods and droughts throughout the world.
9. Ocean acidification: Since the beginning of the Industrial Revolution, the acidity of surface ocean waters has increased by about 30%. You, humans, aren’t the only creatures living on earth. There are about 1 million species that live in the ocean.
Climate change deniers, if this doesn’t convince you I don’t what will.
So what is the scientific consensus about climate change like?
Multiple studies published in peer-reviewed scientific journals show that 97 percent or more of actively publishing climate scientists agree. Climate-warming trends over the past century are extremely likely due to human activities. In addition, most of the leading scientific organizations worldwide have issued public statements endorsing this position.
If you’re that person who asks how will climate change affect me? Here’s your answer:
- Climate change isn’t stopping and it will continue throughout this century and beyond. What does that mean for you, continue down till the end of the list.
- Temperatures will continue to rise– that means you can’t stay out in the sun for long or perhaps on this earth
- Lengths of frost free seasons will be long- ecosystems and agriculture will be affected and chances of growing your food is less
- There will be changes in precipitation patterns-heavy precipitations will damage the most beautiful infrastructure and your garage will probably be flooded and remain flooded.
- More droughts and heat waves
- Hurricanes will become stronger– their intensity, frequency and duration will ultimately increase with increase in temperature.
- Sea level will rise by 1-8 feet by 2100: say goodbye to Manhattan and Florida, cause they’ll be gone.
- Arctic is likely to be ice free
If you still aren’t convinced I don’t know what will. And for those who are convinced, welcome to the considerate part of the world. Here we strive hard every day to make the world a better place.
If you’re asking yourself where do I start, you’ve come to the right place!
You don’t need to be Greta Thunberg to bring about a change! Start by simply educating others about climate change. That is what I am doing right now. A little education and awareness can go a long way.
Start by planting a tree. Start trying to reduce your carbon footprint( it’s another long topic which I will probably cover in another article). Choose utilities that use renewable energy. Cycle to your school or work. Reduce your water usage by simply taking shorter showers or closing the tap while brushing or washing your hands. Cook at home, with a large portion of vegetables and not meat since livestock products, are among the most resource-intensive to produce, eating meat-free meals can make a big difference, too. Walk to places as it’s good for you and good for your planet. Remove unnecessary plugs in your home.
These are just a few ways of taking a step to save our planet. I have drawn content from https://climate.nasa.gov/evidence/ and https://www.nrdc.org/stories/how-you-can-stop-global-warming. So be sure to check them out if you want more details about the topic.
If you find any other way to be more environmentally cautious, let me know in the comments below!