Rising sea levels, hurricanes, melting ice in the Antarctica and people who complained that the weather is either too hot or strange. The seasons of weather that we used to know is no longer in sync with the months of the year. Climate change is real!
A lot of marketing campaigns for green initiatives like recycling, eating vegan and option for sustainable materials are all over. However, during the lockdown period, the restriction and options of dining in has tremendously decreased, if not gone. We now mostly get our food in take away plastic or cardboard containers. Plastic and non-disposable materials have been consumed more than ever compared to pre-COVID19. We are forced to be on lockdown, stay at home studying or working. Shopping experience is now almost totally dependent online. Deliveries come in boxes, some with very fancy packaging that makes you wonder how these companies claim to be supporting our warming climate.
Humans are increasingly influencing the climate and the earth's temperature by burning fossil fuels, cutting down rainforests and farming livestock. This adds enormous amounts of greenhouse gases to those naturally occurring in the atmosphere, increasing the greenhouse effect and global warming.(Read more for causes at climate change). Politicians who downplayed the situation by siding with oil and coal producers, to the extent that even manipulating data to suit their agenda. Ignoring science and facts that prove if we do not act now it will be a catastrophe for humankind.
The threat of climate change is real as the pandemic we are now experiencing. The world stopped when the threat of COVID19 and every nation’s leader has acted to ensure all their citizen will be safe early this year. Greta Thunberg said it perfectly “ the world needs to learn the lessons of coronavirus and treat climate change with similar urgency. That means the world acting "with necessary force", the Swedish climate activist says in an exclusive interview with BBC News. If the world can act together to prevent a pandemic why can’t we do the same thing for our planet.
There are a lot of articles coming from reputable science sources. Facts and evidence that if we do not act now, the world will be damaged to the point that it will be irreversible. Initiatives by very passionate people will not be enough. World leaders should come together and put in place a real action massive problem with urgency.
According to NASA, it may not be too late to avoid or limit some of the worst effects of climate change. Responding to climate change will involve a two-tier approach: 1) “mitigation” – reducing the flow of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere; and 2) “adaptation” – learning to live with, and adapt to, the climate change that has already been set in motion. The key question is: what will our emissions of carbon dioxide and other pollutants be in the years to come? Recycling and driving more fuel-efficient cars are examples of important behavioural change that will help, but they will not be enough. Because climate change is a truly global, complex problem with economic, social, political and moral ramifications. The solution will require both a globally-coordinated response (such as international policies and agreements between countries, a push to cleaner forms of energy) and local efforts on the city- and regional-level (for example, public transport upgrades, energy efficiency improvements, sustainable city planning, etc.). It is up to us what happens next. (Read more of the article at Is it too late to prevent climate change?)
We are all citizens of this world. We are the last generation that can save our planet!