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Why Climate Change Should be on Everyone’s Mind

eAwaz Youth Zone

By Muhammad Ali

Mississauga – Just recently a report by a group of researchers was published by environment Canada, on average global snowfall, and it is disappointing to those keen on climate change. A crucial finding was that snowfall precipitate in Canada and the United States have dropped by around 3.9 billion tonnes every year, for the past 39 years. However, several areas in western parts of Canada have reported increases in average snowfall, and Eurasia’s has not changed. Also it should be acknowledged that precipitation (condensation of atmospheric water) has remained constant, just snowfall precipitation averages have seen a drastic downward trajectory.

Overall, less snowfall threatens processes of reserving water, and also presents the threat of floods, as there would be more rain precipitation.  Most of the scholars in this field have attributed this to climate change. Climate change first hit screens over 30 years ago, when scientists began to worry after diving deep into the effect of polluting the atmosphere on the climate. It has been investigated throughout time, but has become a principal discipline due to the recent changes. However, it was rebuked, and forgotten, until more recently. This has proven to be consequential as the changes are now occurring on a global scale.

Nature has already achieved optimality, and if one looks around for themselves, they can see how, “perfect”, everything really is. However, with senseless regard to nature with our vast production and consumption of resources, humanity has shifted the spectrum. Flora, fauna and humans are threatened by climate change. Natural disasters have become more extreme and prominent over the years as the world continues to warm. This inflicts damages upon flora and fauna which inflict a threat upon our food reserves and several industrial sectors. Regions will become hotter and dryer areas will become drier etc. The recent surge in forest fires, droughts, and heatwaves can be said to be directly related to climate change, as environments become drier. Likewise, the influx of tropical storms like cyclones and hurricanes, and their unparalleled power to date, relates back to climate change and the warm ocean currents. Furthermore, the glacial retreat and melting of the polar ice caps has increased water supply which threatens a large chunk of the human population as many cities, and settlements will flood.

These rising sea levels potentially could submerge major metropolitan areas like Beijing, Shanghai, New York City, Miami, Bangkok etc. where populations are over 10 million people. Other industries, that cut trees, leach poisonous chemicals out into the wild, or cause holes in the ozone, and other adverse incidental outcomes have been linked to climate change, which also lowers the quality of life for people living in the affected region. Many people do in fact die from these natural disasters, and indirect results of our “wastefulness”, like cancers. Nature will definitely prevail as it has done so for billions of years, whereas human beings and our “impressive”, creations will be nothing but remnants of the past, if nothing is done.

Many governments across the globe have begun to realize the threat of climate change and have begun investing in renewable energy sectors, and promoting other practices, and tools to deter it. Unfortunately, several countries have implemented backward plans despite pressures from the scientific community. For instance, the United States, “a world leader”, and Brazil have reversed their programs to combat climate change which will only provide short term gains in the economy, and heavy long-term costs.

On the other hand, many people have taken the initiative, by planting trees, spreading awareness and educating people, or innovating new environmentally friendly technology and strategies. These innovations could include technology to automatically plant thousands of trees, or developing a new way to commute to work or even changing the workplace as a whole to better suit the needs of the environment.  If this becomes a trend, as things do in this day and age, motivating more people to change, and becomes of importance to political agendas, only then, will there be a bright foreseeable future for the planet and the human race. Complete change may not happen tomorrow or in a week but it will prove beneficial.  As the famous proverb goes, “Rome was not built in a day, but they were laying bricks every hour.”