Climate change is a major contributor to the larger storms striking the Earth and the hurricanes, fire seasons, and droughts that have affected the US and many other parts of the world. There are enormous impacts on the climate that have specifically been caused by humans, and those changes are starting to have a negative effect on human and species life on this planet.
What is happening?
Climate change is real, and it’s causing large-scale natural disasters. Hurricanes are growing larger every year and intensifying the Earth’s natural wobble. Climate change is a big deal; it causes massive displacement of people, and much of the environmental damage to the Earth is endangering human lives and the lives of innocent animals and plants.
There are immediate human benefits to banning materials that cause long-term damage to the Earth, including asbestos and plastic misuse. While science has indicated that we need to take action on this issue immediately, that discussion has not come down to politicians quite yet. While there are senators pushing for the ban of asbestos and actively attempting to reduce the impact of humans on the Earth, some conservatives are still blind to the very real, present danger of climate change, and some outright deny that it’s even happening.
Why is climate change such a big deal?
It can be hard for some people to reconcile climate change with their individual experiences. While you may have experienced especially mild weather, the impacts on drinkable water and livable conditions are further than your immediate town. Climate change could displace 150 million people by 2050, and even now, things like flying have become more dangerous because of climate change. It affects many aspects of our lives because it’s a change to the planet we live on and everything around us; it demands that we consider how we allocate the use of the planet’s finite resources and the impact of our carbon-emitting human activities.
If you’re a human being living on this planet, you should be concerned with climate change. It has massive effects: limited drinking water, reduced food supplies, increased food insecurity, increased disease and human health risks, and of course, those huge, unprecedented natural disasters that endanger human lives. The next time you get ready for hurricane season or droughts, think about how your day-to-day choices can reduce the severity of climate change and then consider how you can encourage others to do so as well.
What can we do about it?
There is a lot we can do.
Then there’s rejecting disposable items and other single-use plastics and switching to reusable products, such as carrying a reusable water bottle over purchasing a plastic one, or a reusable coffee cup instead of a disposable cup. Reducing waste is a large part of saving our environment. Simple daily fixes have a huge impact when multiplied by a lot of people. Have less, use less, waste less.
If you are going to make a product purchase such as shopping for fashion, seeking out second-hand options first, and then, of course, supporting conscious businesses who responsibly produce ethical and sustainable items, from ethically produced underwear, vegan cosmetics and fair-trade homewares.
Then there are the simple sustainable food choices you can make, like growing your own herbs, supporting farmers by purchasing local, organic produce at farmer’s markets, as well as reducing your meat consumption and embracing a plant-based diet.
Making the switch to reliable, clean energy is another great way to fight climate change. Even if you can’t convince your state and local government to take part in it, you can reduce your own impact by using green power, investing in solar panels or a greener car such as a hybrid or electric-powered vehicle or just straight up using less energy. Practices like unplugging electronic devices when they are not in use can offer major savings.
Climate change is a real and present danger to humans and animal and plant species on earth. If you want to make changes, start with your own life. Activism and taking collective action is also a great option. It’s the planet we live on — why not prevent it from being rocked like a hurricane?Click To Tweet
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