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Global Warming and Its Aftermath — We Need to Control It Now

Ways we can help bring change

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Ground-breaking temperatures and severe drought have caused a wave of deadly wildfires throughout Australia that affected around 3 million animals. Parts of Algeria, Turkey, and Greece have also been battling blazes after forest fire eruptions recently. And according to a European Union atmosphere monitor, the rising air temperatures have made the Mediterranean a hot spot for wildfires.

The heatwaves in North America and deadly flooding in Germany and China are all because of severe climate change, about which scientists have been warning the world. The world is burning or drowning — air temperatures are rising and causing havoc as the climate changes frequently. With a bit of conscience, we must acknowledge that one of the major contributors to severe climate change is global warming.

Global warming is the Earth’s rising average surface temperatures over decades. It usually occurs when carbon dioxide and other air pollutants (methane, nitrous oxide, chlorofluorocarbons, water vapor), also known as greenhouse gases, remain in the atmosphere. They absorb solar radiation and the sunlight — trapping the heat and making the planet hotter.

The world is being troubled by constant climate change. The early ice melt, fading glaciers, and extreme drought are becoming the reasons for a continuous increase in wildfires and rising sea levels for coastal flooding. When the climate drastically changes, it mainly affects the wildlife, economically deprecated nations, and the Indigenous people who lose their homes to floods or fires.

What we can do — Ways to help curb the effects of global warming:

Addressing the issue is imperative for action. We need to educate ourselves about reducing carbon dioxide consumption and other heat-trapping gases to save the planet.

The first step toward the change is at the individual level. Starting with ourselves — and that depends on how we behave generally. Are we taking climate change seriously? How responsible are we for making the planet cleaner, greener, and safer? Here in these few ways, we can help:

Starting the conversation — bringing light to the subject

Dialogue is usually the first step to make a difference — the action comes later. Bringing light to how the climate is rapidly changing as a result of human activities, and convincing our loved ones to play their part is a great way to fuel the movement. If even one of them acts on it, we know there is hope for change.

Switching to energy-efficient alternatives

Fuels used in transportation emit carbon dioxide gas the most, which stays in the atmosphere and messes up the planet. One alternative to fossil fuel can be biofuel production from biomass that we can easily use for vehicles. Climate experts suggest producing green or renewable hydrogen from the electrolysis of water powered by solar or wind is a sustainable switch for transportation and electricity. Wind and solar energy are also great substitutes for electricity.

Meanwhile, using less electricity is a simple and accessible alternative for an average person. Utilizing energy-efficient technologies can help save the planet while saving you money.

Reusing and recycling — reducing waste

Using reusable products instead of disposable ones and products with minimum packaging is the most effective way to reduce waste. Besides, recycling waste can save a substantial amount of carbon dioxide each year. So, recycle paper, plastic, newspaper, aluminum cans, and glass.

The coming generations will thank us for these simple practices since we owe them a cleaner world to live in.

Restoring seagrasses and forests plus using agricultural cover crops — going green

Seagrass is a marine plant that consumes carbon about 35 times faster than tropical rainforest, produces oxygen, and soaks up polluting nutrients — it cleans the ocean.

And so, like every other crucial component, seagrass is also disappearing because of coastal development, sewage outfalls, and rising oceans. Besides that, deforestation has also contributed to the constant rise in global temperatures and wildfires.

Scientists are pretty sure global temperatures are going to go up for decades to come. Hence, we should urge the government to restore seagrasses and forests to curb carbon emissions faster.

Also, agriculture cover crops lessen greenhouse gases emissions and water pollution threats — reducing the farms’ carbon footprint.

Conclusion

We should hold the government, industry leaders, and to some extent ourselves accountable for massive carbon emissions. Plus, the top global warming contributor countries must cut greenhouse gases emissions more.

It matters to countries that get affected by the damages occurring because of the drastically changing climate.

Start with switching to climate-friendly options in your daily life and mitigate the effects of global warming by a good measure.

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