A huge thank you to Hopeful Helpful Hippy for our latest blog on Climate Change.
The evidence is piling up! If you don’t believe highly trained scientists who have been raising red flags for years about climate change and the other negative affects human activity has on the survival of our planet, then you are probably not going to be convinced by me. After all, I am no scientist, I’m just a believer in keeping our planet healthy. All I can do is repeat the alarm bells and summarize things I have read; and on this topic I have studied and read a LOT!
So…… my blog is for all those climate change non-believers or for those wanting to educate themselves so that we can redirect our society away from the path of self-destruction that we are on.
Ask yourself what legacy are you leaving your children and your grandchildren if you don’t make changes in the home? 16-year-old activist Greta Thuberg eloquently puts it as: “We children are doing this to wake the adults up. We children are doing this for you to put your differences aside and start acting as you would in a crisis. We children are doing this because we want our hopes and dreams back.”
Our children shouldn’t be the ones leading the charge – shouldn’t it be the adults, isn’t that part of responsible parenting?
Here are a few facts and effects of climate change that will impact our kids:
- Global temperatures have already increased by about 1 degree Celsius since pre-industrial times because of human activity. Most of this warming has happened in the last 35 years.
- Oceans and the Arctic are most susceptible to heating, and warm at 2-3 times the global rate.
- Global sea level has risen about 8 inches since 1880 (when we started keeping reliable records). By 2100, that number is projected to be anywhere between another 1 to 4 feet because of melting ice and seawater expanding as waters warm.
- The effects of greenhouse gases and their effect on the climate is delayed – that means, even if we cut out all emissions today, we would still see temperatures rise from the emissions we’ve already released into the atmosphere.
- We have seen an increase in the number and severity of extreme weather events around the globe. This has tragic consequences for people and ecosystems.
- The rate of species extinctions caused by human activity is speeding up – a UN report published in 2019 found that about 1 million animals and plant species are threatened with extinction within the coming decades! To prevent that outcome, we need to make major behavioral and ideological changes.
It’s unthinkably unfair that we are able to make a difference and maybe save millions of lives, yet we chose to do nothing. if we are the among biggest emitters, then cutting back on our emissions and being smarter, more responsible consumers could make a big impact.
Many of us are too entrenched in the comfort that we experience everyday (commuting in our cars to work, getting food packaged in plastic that will immediately be trashed, etc.) to be willing to make changes. That mentality and unwillingness to try to make a difference, no matter how insurmountable the problem may seem, will be our legacy if we continue to choose to do nothing.
David Attenborough in the BBC documentary Climate Change says: “What happens now, and in these next few years, will profoundly affect the next few thousand years. What can be done to avert disaster and ensure the survival of our civilizations and the natural world upon which we depend?”
How can we promise our children, hope, dreams and a future if we don’t make immediate changes? It’s time to act or this beautiful planet we call home will be uninhabitable for the generations that come behind us.
Keep an eye on our upcoming blogs on how you can be a part of the solution by making small changes in your home.
Hopeful Helpful Hippy.