Hi earthling, how is the earth around you? I am almost certain that you can say how you are, whether or not you are running a fever or experiencing tumour. You may be able to answer if your family or neighbours are faring well. So, I ask, “how is the earth where you live? Is it running a temperature or experiencing tremors? Whatever the answer may be, it is important to know that the earth is in grave danger!
Climate change; the long term change in the average weather pattern is already making life uninhabitable for over 30 million people already, humans and wild animals face new challenges for survival. More frequent and intense drought, storms, heat waves, rising sea levels and warming oceans can directly harm animals, destroy the places they live, and wreak havoc on people’s livelihoods and communities.
Humans are increasingly influencing the climate and the earth’s temperature by burning fossil fuels, cutting down forests and farming livestock. This adds enormous amounts of greenhouse gases to those naturally occurring in the atmosphere, increasing the greenhouse effect and global warming. If adequate actions are not taken, in a matter of decades, pursuing any venture in this world will be practically impracticable or at best very difficult, because the world itself will not be able to sustain itself, in order to sustain the people, things and ventures in it.
Few hints – We can manage climate change and save the Earth
- Alternative energy production – Use renewable energy resources
- Divest from Fossil Fuel
- Planting trees, green up the environment
- Change in agricultural systems
- Managing water supply
- Reducing risk from rising sea levels
- Recycle properly
- Use less plastic
- Support woman and educate girls – participate in microeconomics initiatives
- Clean up your digital footprints – clean up emails/downloads etc
Some countries have been listed as those worst hit or likely to be most affected by climate change. Furthermore, Niall Smith the regions analyst for climate change vulnerability, in an international consulting Verisk Maplecroft identifies six places that would be worst hit. As one who lives on earth you should know about these things. You do not want to be taken unawares, you need to be informed so you can act to save the earth, and respond well when last you are asked” how is the earth around you?”
“There are more trees, but fewer forests, more concrete, but less stability” Environment Specialist Jonathan Watts.