Recycle your waste, turn the tap off whilst brushing your teeth, switch lights off when you’re not in the room. So many of us are trained from an early age to save our planet, but our efforts stop there. No-one discusses the arguments and devastating consequences if we let our greenhouse emissions slip out of control, which has lead to doubt over whether Climate Change even exists.
Whatever your political stance, your values or lifestyles that you lead, it is all of our responsibility to look after the vulnerable of our world: delicate environments, endangered animals, people at risk.
I can’t stress it enough, Climate Change is a social issue, not simply environmental. Most would consider this a stupid statement. Reader – you are not most people, so I implore you to think about this.
Global Warming leads to ice caps melting and thermal expansion of our oceans (the water literally swells up when heated), and so the sea levels rise globally. This leads to more erosion along the coasts, more coastal flooding, and potentially towns and cities lost under the waves. You may think of how far inland you are, so of how little consequence this would be. However, hundreds of thousands to a billion people are at risk – cities such as Mumbai, Shanghai & New York City. They must move inland, and seen as though land from most countries will be lost to the waves, the space they can move into just got smaller. Think of how many islands where a metre of land lost means there is nowhere to move back, and you can begin to understand the severity of the situation.
But it’s not all woe yet. There is still time, and there are little achievable ways we can curb this future.
- Reduce our plastic use, support your government in any plastic schemes and dispose of bottles and bags considerately – let’s not give the environment and wildlife more danger and risk.
- Meat-free Mondays – Rearing cattle and livestock consumes vast amounts of water, land and crops. Plus, they release large volumes of methane (four times worse than Carbon Dioxide). Think about how many fewer animals would need rearing and killing if we all went meat free for one day a week. Plus, there are so many health benefits too!
- Cut down your car journeys a slither. I’m not saying sell your car and cycle everywhere, but little things like avoiding rush hour if you can, try car sharing with your friends or a work colleague, or use the bus, train, tram or your legs for a change!
I’m really not suggesting to change your lifestyle dramatically, become a whole different person and never have a KFC again. What I am suggesting is that if everyone in the UK ate one less meat meal a year, had one less car journey, or just didn’t use a plastic straw for their drink – a population of 66,500,000 – the difference would be massive!