Climate change is having a profound effect on the world, and we need to act now, before it is too late. As the months and years fly by, time is running out in order to make an active impact in terms of fighting climate change.
While we are currently seeing damage ourselves, future generations will pay the full price for our profligacy, unless something is done soon.
In this article, we take a look at 10 key reasons why we must tackle climate change as a matter of urgency.
1. Coral Reefs
One of nature’s most stunning sights is a coral reef. Located around the world, these beautiful areas host an abundance of animals.
But climate change is leading to warmer air, leading to the temperature of the ocean rising. As a result, coral reefs are suffering significantly.
This puts all of the animals that use coral reefs as a habitat at risk. Planet Earth is not only at risk of losing an incredible natural sight, but also many animal species too.
Our beautiful planet would not be the same without all of the wonderful animals that make up the animal kingdom.
It is their world as much as it is ours, but many animals are being driven to extinction as a result of climate change. To protect these precious species, we must take action.
As an example, ice is melting at an alarming pace in Antarctica, giving the likes of penguins and polar bears less and less of a chance of survival.
While to the naked eye climate change is often difficult to see, erosion represents an effect that simply cannot be overlooked, even by the most ardent climate change denier.
There are pictures readily available that shows how cliffs are eroding to the extent that houses that seemed to be far away from the ocean, are suddenly very, very close.
While erosion of mass areas may be several years away, the process will only speed up further if climate change is not tackled.
4. Coffee and Wine
One of life’s greatest pleasures for many is a coffee; it is something that many take for granted. The same can be said for wine.
But rather than being a commodity, these may become a luxury in the future.
This is because climate change is causing reduced harvests for coffee producers, which causes a long chain of events that result in less produce for consumption.
5. Clean Water
Water is the essence of life. Similar to coffee, climate change will make clean water less accessible.
Clean water is still not readily available in many parts of the world, and instead of this improving, it is likely to actually get worse.
The water cycle is a delicate process, and areas like increased or decreased rainfall makes it become less of a commodity.
6. Clean Air
Following on from clean water, clean air is also something that is threatened by climate change.
As emissions continue to increase, air pollution is becoming more and more of a problem. Researchers have found that 2.4million people die prematurely each year as a result of air pollution.
Climate change threatens our air quality, and can result in complications and aggravations for those who have asthma, lung disease, or heart issues.
We don’t want future generations to be breathing in harmful emissions, it simply isn’t fair on them.
7. Freak Weather Events
A few decades ago, extreme weather events like large storms, heatwaves and cold snaps were unusual.
But in the modern day, it is rare to go too long without encountering any of these events. It seems that our summers are getting hotter, with more and more heatwaves.
Wildfires rage for months on end, droughts are becoming common, and it is normal to see everything from cyclones to hurricanes throughout the year.
But when will this process stop? Climate change is affecting weather substantially and is only likely to get worse.
8. The Statistics
There are several damning statistics, backed up by research, that sum up why we need to act.
Since the beginning of the 19th century, Planet Earth has warmed by around 1 degree celsius (approximately 1.8 degrees fahrenheit).
In that time, the world has changed in so many ways. We are now an Earth that is producing goods constantly, with production processes happening all over the world.
Burning fossil fuels, actions that result in deforestation and using too many non-renewable energy sources are all having a calamitous effect.
It may seem that such a rise in temperature is neglible, and that it won’t affect the world. But the truth is very different.
A warmer world will increase evaporation, thus heightening water levels in the atmosphere. This could pave the way for havoc to be unleashed on multiple areas of production and the economy.
9. For the Future Generations
We must set a positive example to future generations, and not allow them to inherit a world that is sustainable.
We need to ensure that our children, their children, and the generations following, have a chance to enjoy this incredible world, as we have done.
Efforts are being made for future generations, but we owe it to them to do more.
10. Because We Can Help
There is a lot that everyone can do. While a worldwide effort is needed to create mass change, every small action is meaningful.
Whether it is recycling more, using less energy, adding your name to a petition, telling friends and family about the importance of actions or even avoiding the use of aerosols, no action is too small.
The famous African proverb will always hold true:
“IF YOU THINK YOU ARE TOO SMALL TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE, TRY SLEEPING WITH A MOSQUITO.”— African Proverb quoted by Dalai Lama
There is no doubt that time is running out. As stewards of this world, we need to honour God’s creation and attempt to keep the world in a state that future generations can live in peacefully.
While it may seem impossible, together, we can beat climate change. Small changes here and there marks a start, everyone can play a part in the effort!