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Climate Change VS Humans

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So, apparently money is being considered more important than the lives of 7.53 billion people by our leaders. It is not being taken seriously not only by the leaders but the people too.

SOME IMPORTANT FACTS IN-CASE YOU ARE IGNORING IT:

  1. TEMPERATURE RISE: The planet’s average surface temperature has risen about 1.62 degrees Fahrenheit (0.9 degrees Celsius) since the late 19th century, a change driven largely by increased carbon dioxide and other human-made emissions into the atmosphere. Most of the warming occurred in the past 35 years, with the five warmest years on record taking place since 2010. Not only was 2016 the warmest year on record, but eight of the 12 months that make up the year from January through September, with the exception of June were the warmest on record for those months.
  2. TEMPERATURE RISE IN OCEANS: The oceans have absorbed much of this increased heat, with the top 700 meters (about 2,300 feet) of ocean showing warming of more than 0.4 degrees Fahrenheit since 1969.
  3. DECREASE IN 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 286 billion tons of ice per year between 1993 and 2016, while Antarctica lost about 127 billion tons of ice per year during the same time period. The rate of Antarctica ice mass loss has tripled in the last decade.
  4. RISE IN SEA LEVEL: Global sea level rose about 8 inches in the last century. The rate in the last two decades, however, is nearly double that of the last century and is accelerating slightly every year.
  5. 800 MILLION PEOPLE: Eleven percent of the world’s population is currently vulnerable to climate change impacts such as droughts, floods, heat waves, extreme weather events and sea-level rise.

There are people working to save the humanity like Bill Gates, Greta Thunberg, James Hansen, Hoesung Lee and many more.

WHAT CAN WE DO?

Reduce emissions

Use your car less, whenever possible, instead use sustainable transportation, such as bicycling, or use public transportation more often. In the case of long-distance travel, trains are more sustainable than airplanes, which cause a great deal of the CO2 emitted into the atmosphere. If you’re into cars, remember that every kilometer that you increase your speed will considerably increase CO2 emissions and expenses. According to the CE, each liter of fuel that your car uses, equals 2.5 kilos of CO2 emitted into the atmosphere.

Save energy

Take a look at the labels on your appliances, and never leave them on standby. Always adjust the thermostat for heating and air conditioning. By being careful how we use home appliances, we can save energy and, of course, money at the end of the month.

Act against forest loss

– As far as possible, avoid anything that may be a fire hazard.

– If you want to buy wood, choose wood with a certification or seal showing its sustainable origin.

– Plant a tree! Throughout its life, it can absorb up to a ton of CO2.

Make demands from the government

Demand that they take measures toward a more sustainable life, any way that you can: promote renewable energy, regulatory measures such as properly labelling products (fishing method used, labels that specify product origins, whether or not they are transgenic, etc.), promote more sustainable public transportation, promote the use of bicycles and other non-polluting transportation methods in the city, correctly manage waste through recycling/reuse, etc….

THE GOOD NEWS

Many countries and people are bringing big changes for climate like:

France:

Rooftops on new buildings built in commercial zones in France must either be partially covered in plants or solar panels, according to a law approved on Thursday.

Philippines:

Over 25% of the Philippines are covered by forests. … One fifth of the country’s forests have protected status, and nearly half are managed by local communities (FAO 2015). Illegal logging is widespread in the country. However, the government has been putting significant effort into law enforcement to tackle the problem.

Bill Gates:

Bill Gates is backing a new venture which aims to turn sunlight into a source of heat exceeding 1,000C that could help replace fossil fuels.The technology could even reach temperatures of 1,500C to split hydrogen molecules from water to create a fossil-free gas to warm homes, fuel cars and power factories. He also unveiled a futuristic toilet Tuesday that doesn’t need water or sewers and uses chemicals to turn human waste into fertilizer.

Greta Thunberg:

Thunberg first became known for her activism, she began spending her school days outside the Swedish parliament to call for stronger action on global warming by holding up a sign saying (in Swedish) “School strike for the climate”. Soon, other students engaged in similar protests in their own communities. Together, they organised a school climate strike movement under the name Fridays for Future. 

There are many other people working on climate change, but it isn’t enough. Every one of us has to change our lifestyles in order to save humanity.

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