Human Caused Climate Change is here!
It’s too late to prevent it.
It’s here whether we like it or not! And worse yet is that human activity brought this on.
That’s right, it’s our fault.
Human activity, particularly the extensive use of fossil fuels for energy on top of widespread destruction of forests, has resulted in rising CO2 levels in the Earth’s atmosphere. In 1850, the CO2 level was 280 ppm (parts per million) while in November, 2020, it was 415 ppm. That is a major increase in atmospheric CO2, which along with other gases, has created a greenhouse effect that is warming the planet.
What makes the situation even more tragic is that scientists have been warning everyone about this for decades. But most people ignored it.
Well, it can’t be ignored any longer!
The effects of Climate Change are affecting us now.
For example, glaciers and the polar ice caps are melting at an alarmingly rapid rate, thus raising ocean levels, which in turn leads to more coastal flooding (especially when big storms come through). Many mountain snowpacks are getting smaller in winter (and often melting sooner), in large part due to the fact that more precipitation is falling as rain (especially at lower elevations) instead of snow for more of the year. This means that water problems will likely worsen for areas that rely heavily on the spring melt for their drinking water and agriculture, places like California and India.
Climate Change is also affecting weather patterns, the result of which is that some areas are experiencing greater numbers of more intense storms while others are getting significantly drier (so that drought conditions are occurring more frequently and often with increased severity in these regions). This is why we are seeing worsening wildfire problems in various parts of the world such as California and Australia. Both of these places were already prone to wildfires, but as these regions become hotter and drier, they are experiencing wildfires that are greater in terms of number and intensity.
Climate Change is also affecting tropical coral reefs around the world. Increasing air temperatures are warming the oceans’ water. When the water gets too warm, coral expels algae that was living in its tissues. This turns the coral white in color (also known as coral bleaching). In this state, the coral is under stress and at greater risk of dying.
Now consider the following: as the conditions of the planet continue to be adversely altered (by human actions), there is a greater chance of more animal species going extinct.
Because of us humans.
These are just some of the effects we are seeing from Human Caused Climate Change.
Now, it’s up to all of us to work together in battling it to try to minimize the damage.
Each one of us must make changes in our daily lives to be more pro-environment. Examples include using public transportation, carpooling, driving vehicles with better fuel efficiency, recycling, decreasing use of plastic (take permanent reusable bags to the grocery store, and if you use plastic bags, take them back to the store for recycling (plastic bags can’t be put in curbside recycling in most places)), and educate yourself. Spread the word. Put pressure on businesses, governments, and organizations to become more pro-environment.
In addition to these, vote!
Vote for elected officials who acknowledge Human Caused Climate Change and are taking action to fight it.
Vote out Climate Change deniers.
If we all take action, we can slow Climate Change down and minimize the damage.
But we must act now!
Earth is amazing when you think about it. The Universe is such a vast place with countless stars, planets, solar systems, and galaxies. It’s incredible to think about how so many things had to come together just right in order for life as we know it to form and evolve on this world. If Earth had been a little closer to the Sun or a little farther out, it wouldn’t have happened.
So it’s really unfathomable how human beings, who are supposed to be the most intelligent species on the planet, are in the process of destroying the only home we have.
Why are we doing this? Why are human beings devastating this beautiful world?
Humans get so caught up in their daily lives that they often become thoughtless and short-sighted. They seem to only think about what will improve their own personal lives, families, careers, friends, and so on. People often lose sight of the bigger picture. Many don’t think about how their actions impact the world around them and as a whole. Plus, there are also humans who knowingly damage the environment out of pure greed. They don’t care. Companies and individuals that have willfully and illegally dumped toxic waste into lakes and rivers are classic examples.
Most of the time I would say it’s a combination of these various factors. There are plenty of people who don’t necessarily want to be hurtful and greedy, yet to varying degrees become so as they pursue what they want and what they feel they need.
The thing is: there is overwhelming evidence that human activity is causing serious damage to the only home we have, Earth. Ecosystems are being lost and too many species of animals and plants are on the verge of extinction because of human activity. CO2 levels continue to rise which is leading to dangerous increases in global temperatures and changes in the Earth’s climate. This in turn leads to more frequent extreme weather events, droughts, wildfires, water shortages, and more. Many scientists are genuinely concerned that if things don’t change very soon, there will be mass extinctions of many species of animals and plants.
We can’t keep doing this to the only home we have.
We all need to make changes in our lives, big and small, in order to take better care of Earth. People need to start educating themselves and seeing the bigger picture of what is going on and what we need to do.
If we start making better choices and working to make this a better world, in a hundred years, Earth could be a beautiful place where humans and nature have found a balance and live in harmony.
But if we continue down the destructive path that we are headed, in a 100 years, Earth will be a place that is grossly overpopulated, badly polluted, and where countless species of plants and animals have gone extinct.
It’s time for all of us to make changes so that in a hundred years, the former will hopefully be true and not the latter.
Here’s the deal.
Human activity caused Climate Change, primarily by increasing CO2 levels in the atmosphere. Elevated CO2 along with other Greenhouse Gases then warms the planet.
The evidence is overwhelming!
A new study by scientists at the University of Arizona shows that 1/3rd of all animal and plant species could go extinct by 2070 if Climate Change is not checked.
According to the study, a big problem would be the increasingly hot summers. Temperatures would reach levels that would be too hot for many animal and plant species to survive. Those that can’t escape or adequately adapt would die out.
In other words: Go Extinct.
Another study by the United Nations, released in May of 2019, says that up to 1 million species could face extinction due to human activity.
The danger is real and here now. We must all do our part in combating Climate Change!
Like making adjustments in our daily lives to be more environmentally friendly (decrease our carbon footprint).
Also putting pressure on elected officials and businesses to be more pro environment.
This includes voting out Climate Change deniers and voting in people who are environmentally aware and fighting to take action.
We also need to vote Trump out of office and vote in the Democratic Presidential Candidate so that the United States rejoins the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. Because fighting Climate Change has got to be a worldwide effort, and the United States should be a leader in that effort.
So let’s work together in battling Climate Change in order to minimize the damage that humanity is inflicting on our home, Planet Earth.