How Climate Change will have an impact on everyone.
Many scientists have already lost hope, such as Eric Holthaus, who is a rebel reporter focusing on meteorology. But, there must be something that we can do, right?
It is well-known that Climate Change has a negative effect on the planet, but it is not known by many that it can also have a negative impact on the people. Climate Change has had a negative impact on both the shareholders in the industries causing it and the people who are not involved with it. But, is Climate Change really such an important part problem and how big of an impact will it have on our daily lives, if the temperatures keep rising like it is now.
Where is the proof?
It has been proven that the Climate Change and Global Warming are causing extreme weathers in some regions of the world. Countries that are close to the equator are the countries exposed to an extreme climatic change, which is called El Niño. El Niño is a disruption of the climatic cycle in the western part of the Pacific Ocean. This phenomenon has caused floods in some parts of the world while in other countries it causes extreme heat and dryness.
But what are the effects of Climate Change on the world?
In Eastern Africa there is an extreme drought while in the South American continent there are floods, both of these climates are not ideal, this suggests a direction in which our world would be going if the overall temperature keeps on rising. This extreme climate has already caused the death of thousands of people. This however, is just one example of how Climate Change can disrupt our daily lives. If Climate Change becomes more extreme it might be possible to see such extreme weathers everywhere in the world, not only in the Eastern Africa and South America.
Maybe, but I don’t live in Africa
The reason why so many people are concerned about the Climate Change is because with the temperatures rising and the glaciers in Antarctica and other regions melting is because this causes the average sea level in the world to rise very rapidly. This endangers countries such as Bangladesh and the Netherlands, both countries are very low. These are the countries which are mostly threatened by this phenomenon. A recent survey about icebergs in Antarctica has revealed that one of the biggest ice shelves in, the Larsen Ice Shelf, which is more than than twice the size of Texas has cracked. This has caused a major part of the Larsen C, which is a part of the ice shelf, to crack and separate from the main Larsen ice shelf. This is not the first time this happens as the first time the Larsen was divided into a second part was January 1995, this part of the ice shelf is now completely disintegrated.
What are we doing to prevent this?
In order to address the issue scientist and other activists are trying to raise awareness so that more and more people become aware of the issue. This has proven to be a difficult task as some people with a big influence on the media are giving miss-information on the topic. Therefore, many people are not getting well-informed on the topic and can not change anything if they as they are not aware of the problems. Some organisations have however taken extreme measures to get their message across to the general public. An example of such an organisation, would be Greenpeace, as they are well-known for taking extreme actions to get their message across. A notable action Greenpeace has taken in order to raise awareness was in London when they had chosen to mask famous statues in the city. The volunteers who took part and participated, had literally put masks on the faces of famous monuments in London, including the world famous Nelson’s Column. The masks they had placed on the statues were hand made. According to an activist who was present at the time the goal of the intervention was to raise awareness about the severity of the pollution in many cities in the UK. This was the first action Greenpeace had taken in their air pollution campaign that included more than 10 interventions all around the world.
Is there anything I can do?
Well… Yes there is, in fact , after the agreement met in Paris for the Cop 21. Many countries now make it easier to use solar and other renewable energies, which live a smaller impact on climate change and global warming. Many states in the world are now subsidising the use of renewable energy, this means that it is cheaper to produce the energy as the state is paying a small percentage on top of the installation of the solar panels, for example. Nevertheless, this also works with other renewable energies, this has in many places facilitated the use and implementation of renewable energies. These subsidies have been applied to enterprises and commercial use, but some fewer countries in Europe have even enabled the subsidies for personal use. Meaning that installing solar panels on a private property for personal use is now subsidised by some governments in the world. This means that for the average Joe it is easier to install solar panels, even for private and personal use. This is a long term investment that many people can now make because the government is helping them with the financing.
However, some people are neglecting the facts…
The following tweet from Donald Trump suggests that Climate Change is only a myth and that it is not true. However, it is hard to neglect all the facts given, that prove that he is wrong.
There are a multitude of people who do not believe that Climate Change is real, and therefore it is our duty. As the younger generations to inform them and to explain what they are doing wrong. As well, as giving them evidence that supports our statements.